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 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

EU notice clarifies e-commerce and delivery rules post-Brexit
24 March 20 Virginie Alloo

The EU Commission has published a notice on B2C online sales of goods with parcel delivery to help prepare relevant stakeholders for changes that will apply after Brexit, in particular, explaining the changed situation when the UK becomes a third country. Among the main points are the impact on: existing postal tariff transparency rules; consumer protection rules; jurisdictional issues affecting online sellers; customs and VAT; and the safety of goods and IPR.

Commission formally starts process for evaluation of the Postal Directive
02 March 20 Peter Dunn

The European Commission is consulting until 30 March 2020 on its roadmap for the evaluation of the Postal Services Directive. The roadmap sets out the main steps that the Commission will undertake in its evaluation process, as well as explaining the scope and objectives of the review.

PostNord’s plans to reduce delivery frequency raises concerns, according to PTS study
28 February 20 Armen Ghalumyan

The study concluded that a number of organisations still rely on letter mail, especially smaller enterprises and public organisations. They should continue to have access to a postal service that corresponds to their needs, is reliable and of good quality. The Swedish regulator’s study follows PostNord’s plans to reduce the delivery frequency of postal items from five days per week to alternate day delivery.

Different views expressed on opening up the UPU
20 February 20 Peter Dunn

UPU members disagreed on whether, how and how quickly to open up access to UPU documents, services and membership. UPU members and non-member stakeholders from the postal sector discussed these issues in a UPU forum on wider postal sector engagement in Berne on 13 February 2020.

EP TRAN committee discussed the main challenges faced by postal operators
14 February 20 Virginie Alloo

Postal operators should be provided with enough flexibility to ensure a sustainable universal service (US) but need to ensure the maintenance of good working conditions, while also taking measures to limit their impact on the environment despite the growing volume of parcel deliveries. These were the main messages emerging from a recent discussion in the European Parliament Transport and Tourism committee on the main challenges in the postal sector.

EU Timeline
10 February 20 Javier Huerta Bravo

This edition of Cullen International’s EU Timeline highlights key regulatory developments foreseen at EU level over the next five months.

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