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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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

German ministry publishes key points on major revision of the Postal Act
12 August 19 Dieter Kronegger

The ministry will prepare a major revision of the Postal Act of 1997, in particular to strengthen consumer rights and to increase competition in the letter market.

ERGP recommends no additional access regulation for the parcel market
24 July 19 Virginie Alloo

Parcel service providers in Europe do not seek further regulatory intervention on access to the delivery infrastructures of postal universal service providers. This is one of the main findings of a report by the ERGP on the development of postal networks and access regarding the parcel market, published in June 2019.

ERGP has adopted a series of recommendations for a fundamental "greenfield" review of the postal regulatory framework
22 July 19 Virginie Alloo

The European regulators group for postal services (ERGP) calls upon the Commission to adopt a fundamental "greenfield" approach to review the Postal Services Directive. The ERGP recommends taking account of both the market perspective and users needs, asking the Commission to consider whether there is still a specific postal market and to take account of users’ rights and interests in relation to e-commerce and new digital services.

Posti to increase the number of partner-operated service points for cost reduction and end user convenience
28 June 19 Armen Ghalumyan

Finnish postal universal service provider Posti will increase the number of service points operated by external partners to 2,800 during 2019-20, while closing 18 of its own outlets. The changes will generate cost savings as well as benefitting end users by bringing the retail postal network closer to them. The postal operator will also provide its customers with delivery choice for parcels, with most Finns likely to opt for delivery to parcel lockers.

ComReg sets out USP designation procedures
28 June 19 Peter Dunn

On 26 June 2019, ComReg, the Irish postal regulator, set out the procedures that it will follow when it reviews the designation of a universal service provider (USP). ComReg is likely to set a duration of between two and seven years for any future designation period, which is at the lower end of USP designation periods in many European countries.

German regulator approves significant increase of letter prices
24 June 19 Dieter Kronegger

The regulated letter prices of Deutsche Post will increase by 10.63% on average on 1 July 2019. The German regulator had to approve a stronger price increase than originally planned because the German federal government amended the secondary legislation on postal price control.

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