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

ERGP workshop discusses future regulatory framework for delivery services
11 December 18 Peter Dunn

Stakeholders in the ERGP workshop discussed various aspects of the regulatory framework for delivery services, including: the parcel delivery market in Europe; the impact of the recently adopted regulation on cross-border parcels; the priorities for any future review of the regulatory framework for postal services; and how to address continuing problems with the system for payment of terminal dues.

Historic turning point for parcels in the Belgian postal market
06 December 18 Virginie Alloo

In 2017, for the first time in the history of the Belgian postal market, the parcels and express shipments segment has become the most important in terms of revenues. This is one of the findings of the survey published at the end of November 2018 by the Belgian regulator, BIPT, in its report tracking the development of the Belgian postal market from 2010 to 2017.

Luxembourg NCA closes refusal to supply case against Post Luxembourg but keeps watching
22 November 18 Suzanne Jude

POST Luxembourg concluded a parcel delivery agreement with the plaintiff which withdrew its complaint.

Decline in French mail revenue continues but slows, despite increases for parcels and packets
23 October 18 Virginie Alloo

The French regulator, ARCEP, reported a continuing decline in mail volumes in the French market. Only standard parcels and small packets showed an upward trend in volumes and revenues.

Postal universal service is dead, long live the postal universal service!
26 September 18 Virginie Alloo

The postal universal service should be redefined in the light of changing user needs and of national differences. Adapting the UPU terminal dues system to take account of the increasing number of small packets coming from China or Asia has also become critical to ensure the sustainability of European postal operators. These are two of the main conclusions of a study on developments in the postal sector, commissioned by the European Commission.

ERGP committed to open discussions on the review of the postal regulatory framework
26 September 18 Virginie Alloo

Postal operators and regulators seem to agree on the a need for a new fit-for-purpose, and flexible postal regulatory framework. Changes are required to ensure a fair level playing field for all postal and parcel delivery operators, and to reflect the new needs of European consumers. The discussions took place in the first ERGP stakeholder forum on 20 September.

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