he postal industry is increasingly reliant on parcel deliveries as traditional letter mail declines. While, until now, postal regulation has only a limited effect on the parcel sector, a European Commission initiative for a regulation on cross-border parcel delivery services signals that regulators are starting to focus on this area.
Additionally, a number of horizontal generic consumer protection regulations apply to e-commerce, affecting customers, providers and delivery operators involved in online transactions.
At the same time, delivery operators are constantly looking for ways to improve the efficiency and quality of their ‘last mile’ services, including through the use of parcel lockers, unmanned transport systems (such as drones) and innovative resource management.
Cullen International’s recent report on drone regulation explains the European Commission’s proposals to include drones within the scope of air traffic safety rules, while also establishing a common European framework for the manufacture and operation of these unmanned aircraft. Drones are already being trialled for the delivery of packages by parcels operators in Europe and worldwide.
14 November 18
New benchmark on obligations/quotas to promote children's programmes in Europe
Our new benchmark shows if commercial broadcasters and public service broadcasters are subject to requirements on the promotion of programmes or channels aimed at children.
12 November 18
Our coverage of Central American and Caribbean countries is increasing with Cuba and Guatemala
Cullen International’s Americas Telecoms Country Profiles provide the key facts about the telecoms sector, including the main policy priorities, in 20 countries in the region - now also covering Cuba and Guatemala.
08 November 18
New benchmark on taxation of online platforms in Europe
This new benchmark looks at whether EU member states have proposed or adopted specific taxes on digital services.