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

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.

BIPT decides not to approve bpost's cost accounting methodology for 2016
21 November 19 Virginie Alloo

BIPT rejected some cost allocation changes made by bpost in its 2016 cost accounting system. In particular, BIPT believes that the changes related to the allocations of extra costs for so-called "historical staff" and of mediation costs do not comply with the principles of cost distribution laid down in the applicable Belgian laws. bpost will have to adapt accordingly its cost accounting system for the following years.

UPU Congress agrees reform of terminal dues; USA to remain in UPU
07 October 19 Peter Dunn

On 25 September, the third Extraordinary Congress of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) reached unanimous agreement on reforms to the international remuneration system, in particular allowing countries to set self-declared rates. On the same day, the US director of trade policy announced that the USA would remain a member of the UPU.

Polish government adopts draft Electronic Delivery Act
02 October 19 Monika Kačeriaková

Changes to Polish law will result in the digitisation of up to 20m registered letters each year. The Electronic Delivery Act will affect correspondence sent to/from public authorities and individuals and businesses. For digitally excluded consumers, a hybrid service will be available.

BIPT ratifies bpost's prices increased for 2020 but reiterates its concerns about the current price cap formula
01 October 19 Virginie Alloo

BIPT, the Belgian regulator, ratified bpost's increased retail tariffs for 2020, stating that the increase complies with the legal principles of tariff uniformity, non-discrimination and transparency. However, BIPT continues to criticise the price cap mechanism included in the postal law, believing that the increased tariffs are not truly cost-oriented and expressing concerns about possible further price increases.

ERGP proposals to focus on promoting competition generate strong response from operators
24 September 19 Virginie Alloo

The ERGP presented its draft medium term strategy (2020-2022) and its 2020 work programme. The medium term strategy focuses on competition issues, in particular to analyse whether the principles of telecoms regulation would be suitable to promote competition in postal markets. Operators responded strongly, arguing that more regulation was not required and that the focus should be on the universal service.

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