OK. Royal Mail is fine. I am not rocking the boat. I will go along the concensus. AFPOS uses FedEX next day. I have never paid custome or brokerage fees in over a dozen deliveries to-date.But, I am with you. I do not like or want to be charged custome or brokerage fees as well.
USPS is going through a lot of pains. They keep loosing money and some wants them to deliver mail onl 3-4 days to save money. They rely on FedEx for expedired service and their customer sdervice is getting much worse. It is a shame, because USPS used to be teh best in teh world.
Mine aleways delivered (US) FedEx next day with no custom fees imposed or collected. The cost savings is not that great and you risk custom fees more with Royal mail than FedEx, May I recommend that you leave it as is. FedEx expedite their parcels more than RM/USPS when it comes for custome clearance. I am not sure about European custom fees and regulations.