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

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.

EU Timeline
06 September 21 Javier Huerta Bravo

This edition of Cullen International’s EU Timeline highlights key regulatory developments foreseen at EU level until the end of 2021.

Commission approves two-year extension of state aid to bpost for newspaper distribution
03 September 21 Peter Dunn

The European Commission has approved a two-year extension of state aid to bpost for press distribution up to a maximum of €350m. The Commission assessed the measure for compatibility under the rules applying to services of general economic interest (SGEI, article 106.2 of the TFEU).

UPU Congress elects new leadership, sets strategy for 2021–2025
02 September 21 Peter Dunn

The 27th UPU Congress elected a new DG and Deputy DG to lead the UPU into the next cycle of work until 2025. The new strategy is centred around the UPU providing more services and solutions for its members. In addition, the UPU will continue to discuss how to open up participation to wider postal sector players. The Congress also approved further steps on the reform of the remuneration system, as well as considering further actions on sustainability.

AGCOM proposes new transparency regulations for large parcels providers
30 August 21 Peter Dunn

The Italian regulator, AGCOM, is consulting on new regulations that would require large parcel operators to provide information to the regulator each year on pricing and employment conditions. Special transparency rules would also apply solely to Amazon on account of its special dual position as an online seller and delivery operator.

An overview of Canada’s postal sector
18 August 21 Armen Ghalumyan

Canada Post has the exclusive right to collect and deliver letters on the territory of the country. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic left a significant impact on the postal incumbent’s operations and financial results, with decreased volumes and revenue from letter mail and direct marketing, which were only partially offset by the growth in parcel volumes. Given the pandemic-related challenging circumstances, Canada Post has suspended on-time delivery guarantees for all parcel services since 18 March 2020, until further notice.

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