postal regulation

The postal sector is changing fast. As the traditional market enters a steep decline, e-commerce is driving rapid and unprecedented growth in parcel delivery delivery - all of which has an impact on the way the sector is regulated.

At Cullen International, we provide independent and expert insight into the past, present and future of EU postal regulation. Subscribe to our intelligence services, and we’ll help you to stay informed as the sector evolves and to understand how that evolution affects you.

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general topics covered

Universal service obligations

Use our Postal service to stay informed on the steps taken by regulators to maintain the sustainability of the universal service despite the decline in traditional postal volumes. Track and compare different national regimes, and anticipate new rules and reforms on an EU level. Topics covered include :

  • The Postal Services Directive
  • Universal service scope and changes
  • Price caps
  • Funding

E-commerce has led to rapid growth in the parcel sector, driving providers to innovate and diversify to rise to new challenges and meet changing consumer expectations. As national and EU-level regulation enters the picture, our intelligence services provide an essential independent resource on this transformative trend. Topics covered include:

  • Horizontal consumer protection rules
  • New postal sector rules on parcel delivery
  • Alternative means of delivery
  • VAT and customs

latest intelligence

Ofcom retains price cap for UK second class mail until 2024
01 February 19 Tomasz Kulinski

Ofcom, the UK regulator, decided to retain the price caps applied to Royal Mail’s second class post until March 2024. The current caps were due to expire in March 2019.Despite Royal Mail pricing consistently below the cap, the regulator rejected the operator’s arguments that there were sufficient competitive constraints, particularly from the threat of e-substitution, to justify a removal of the price cap.

An Post to increase prices for larger items and for international post
01 February 19 Tomasz Kulinski

An Post, the Irish universal service provider, announced higher postage rates for larger items sent domestically and also for international post. The new prices will come into effect on 25 February 2019. There will be no increase in the standard domestic stamp price of €1.

No need for further regulation of parcels market but mails market needs to be reviewed in light of user needs
30 January 19 Peter Dunn

A study for the European Commission has concluded that the European e-commerce market is developing well, and that delivery performance for cross-border parcels has improved. As a result, there is no requirement for additional regulatory intervention. However, a new study will examine user needs in the postal sector and in particular whether the universal service, as currently defined in the Postal Service Directive, requires to be amended.

Court of Justice of the EU confirms annulment of UPS/TNT merger prohibition on due process grounds
18 January 19 Suzanne Jude

The Commission should have let UPS make known its views on the final econometric model used in the decision.

Postal operators other than Royal Mail now liable to contribute to costs of consumer advocacy bodies
17 January 19 Tomasz Kulinski

Ofcom has decided that a wider range of postal operators will have to contribute to the costs of UK’s consumer advocacy bodies (CABs). As from 1 April 2019, CABs’ costs will be recovered from operators delivering parcel services with a relevant turnover >£350m per year, and letters services with a relevant turnover >£10m per year.

Spanish regulator investigates Correos’ alleged breach of postal delivery conditions
17 January 19 Armen Ghalumyan

The Spanish regulator started investigating Correos on the grounds of a possible breach of the postal delivery conditions. Correos presumably violated the postal law, as it delivered postal items to facilities other than the homes’ mailboxes, without having prior authorisation from the regulator. The latter will issue a final resolution after its investigation, which may take up to three months.

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