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 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

General Court annuls another Commission decision on German postal subsidies
23 April 19 Dieter Kronegger

The European Commission again lost a case in the 25-year long dispute on German subsidies for pensions of postal civil servants.

Irish regulator confirms retention of bulk mail within USO
18 April 19 Peter Dunn

ComReg, the Irish regulator, has confirmed the retention within the definition of the universal service obligation (USO) of bulk mail services. In particular, bulk deposits of only 200 letters for domestic D+1 bulk mail services will now fall within the USO.

UPU to vote on three options to reform remuneration scheme
15 April 19 Peter Dunn

UPU members will vote on three different options for reforming the terminal dues remuneration scheme, including the possibility of self-declared rates. The 192 member countries of the UPU will be asked to decide on their preferred option either in an Extraordinary Congress on 24-25 September or by means of a postal ballot.

General Court confirms clearance of the Polish USO net cost compensation scheme
05 April 19 Peter Dunn

The General Court of the EU rejected the appeal by InPost to annul the European Commission’s 2015 clearance under state aid rules of the universal service obligation net cost compensation scheme notified by the Polish government

Polish Post simplifies its tariff plan for universal services, increasing prices for domestic letter services
01 April 19 Tomasz Kulinski

Polish Post, the universal service provider (USP) in Poland, announced changes to its tariffs for universal services (US) as from 1 April 2019. The amendments, accepted by UKE the postal market regulator, cover two main areas: simplifying the price and service categories and increasing prices for domestic letter services.

Many regulatory challenges for the postal and delivery sector
01 April 19 Peter Dunn

Market trends and changing user needs are stretching the boundaries of regulations applicable and relevant to the postal sector. A summary of the themes discussed during the regulatory session of the recent Madrid postal conference.

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