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 - 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.

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

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

Correos must classify administrative notifications as non-USO in its cost accounting system
22 November 21 Carmen Mateas

The Spanish postal regulator, CNMC, concluded that Correos' analytical cost accounting for 2018 and 2019 incorrectly considered administrative notifications as registered letters, within the scope of the universal service. Consequently, CNMC mandated Correos to reclassify the service as non-USO, and to recalculate its accounts for 2018 and 2019.

Commission content that parcels regulation has achieved its aims
12 November 21 Armen Ghalumyan

The European Commission's first application report on the Regulation on cross-border parcel delivery services (CBPR) concluded that the regulation “has broadly achieved its key objectives”. The Commission considered it too early to evaluate the direct and indirect impacts of the CBPR's implementation, or to propose corresponding amendments.

France to impose a minimum delivery fee for books sold online
09 November 21 Virginie Alloo

The French Parliament is in the process of adopting a law that would impose a minimum delivery fee for books sold online. The amount of any minimum delivery fee is still under negotiation. The draft law appears to be aimed at Amazon, which currently charges €0.01 for the delivery of books in France.

Commission's PSD evaluation hints at possible future changes to regulatory framework
09 November 21 Peter Dunn

The European Commission's long-awaited report on the Postal Services Directive suggests further exploration of possible amendments to the regulatory framework but without spelling out specific changes or a timetable.

European Commission presents 2022 work programme
24 October 21 Javier Huerta Bravo

The European Commission presented on 19 October its work programme for 2022, setting out the initiatives that it plans to put forward next year.

BIPT validates bpost's increased tariffs for 2022 but still criticises the price cap method
10 October 21 Virginie Alloo

BIPT, the Belgian regulator, validated bpost's increased retail tariffs for 2022, stating that the increase complies with the legal principles of tariff uniformity, non-discrimination and transparency. However, BIPT continued to criticise the price cap mechanism included in the Postal Law. Although bpost's tariff increase conforms with the price cap, BIPT still believes that these new tariffs are not truly cost-oriented.

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