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.

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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

Green Deal: European Parliament proposes specific goals for the digital sector
16 January 20 Martin Schraa

The European Parliament wants to set a higher target for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, calling for specific measures to implement the European Green Deal in the digital sector. The Parliament plenary adopted a (non-binding) resolution on 15 January 2020.

ComReg sets out key challenges for postal sector in Ireland
20 December 19 Celine Senay

ComReg, the Irish postal regulator, questioned whether current requirements on frequency of delivery are constraining An Post’s ability to restructure to meet market realities and user needs. ComReg also highlighted the challenges for e-commerce delivery, including a possible requirement for shared last mile access and the risk to parcel delivery providers if large e-commerce players move to self-delivery. ComReg released on 13 December 2019 its Postal Strategy Statement, a mid-term review of its proposed strategy for the years 2018 to 2023. ComReg found that many of the principal challenges were the same as set out in its 2017 Strategy Statement.

2020 likely to be a challenging year for postal and parcel operators
19 December 19 Virginie Alloo

2020 will be a challenging year for postal and parcel delivery operators. The challenges include the review of the postal regulatory framework and making changes to meet the January 2021 deadline for new VAT and customs procedures. Many countries will also explore whether and how to adapt the universal service scope for national circumstances. These were some of the key messages from a postal seminar held on 9-10 December 2019 in Germany.

European Green Deal: how will it affect the digital and postal sectors?
12 December 19 Martin Schraa

Forthcoming legislative measures - if agreed upon and implemented - will have a significant impact across the entire economy, including the telecoms, digital and transport sectors. The European Green Deal communication, presented by the European Commission on 12 December 2019, sets out the main steps for Europe’s enhanced climate policy.

Concerns raised about the regulatory burden of data collection on the parcels market
09 December 19 Peter Dunn

Operators, and to some extent also national regulatory authorities, expressed concerns about the burden placed on them to provide and collect data under the Regulation on cross-border parcels. In particular, operators asked that the data collection exercise for cross-border parcels should be merged with other regulatory information requests in the sector.

Poste Italiane could be fined for misleading commercial practices
05 December 19 Olha Hruba

The Italian competition authority is investigating if Poste Italiane mail carriers systematically left delivery notifications at letter boxes without ringing the doorbells of recipients. Poste Italiane could face a fine of up to €5m for misleading commercial practices in relation to its customers.

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