2017 edition of the Postal Regulatory Database
Over the last decade, the postal sector has gone through a significant transformation. Postal operators are adopting new business models, along with evolving structures and processes to become fit for the e-commerce era, while working on new strategic frameworks, a corporate mind-set and increasingly measure their success. Overall, e-commerce has become a game changer and key-driver for growth and interconnectivity. New innovative cross-border solutions and services are evolving, while the national regulators try to identify a common pattern in terms of postal users’ needs. Given the changing customer preferences, communication alternatives and other new challenges the postal sector is facing, such as technological disruption in last-mile delivery, the focus has shifted to an integrated, data-driven and interconnected infrastructure.
Postal operators also have to manage the complexity of regulations applied to the postal sector, and transversal legislation such as transport law; at the same time they have to partner with governments and regulators. At supranational level, the European Commission proposed a regulation on cross-border parcel delivery services, focusing on price transparency and regulatory oversight in order to promote cross-border trading due to its importance in the Digital Single Market initiative. For the first time, the European Regulators Group has drafted a middle term strategy to cover the period 2017-2019, with the aim of identifying the postal market’s core issues, and addressing them at an EU level as a fundamental aspect of the global economy. Other regions also face significant changes. However, the trend shows that regulation does not diminish, but rather increases.
In this evolving environment, IPC continues to provide a relevant and extensive overview of country-specific postal regulatory frameworks across the world. In Europe, new Postal Acts are currently being prepared; in Finland, a new Postal Act is estimated to come into force in June 2017, whilst Slovenia’s Postal Services Act will be also amended by the end of 2017. In Italy new rules may come into force by June 2017 and in the United Kingdom, the British Regulator has undertaken a review of the current regulatory framework with the intention to retain the framework for a further five years. In other countries new ministries are being established, or have merged in order to form a new larger ministry also responsible for the postal sector. In light of recent market developments, the USO scope has been revisited in terms of quality requirements for routing times, product range, and delivery frequency, whereas in other cases, the abolition of the licensing regime is replaced by a notification for rendering postal services. Postal operators are also making postal network adjustments: an ongoing reduction in corporate post offices has been noticed, while on the other hand, the number of partner outlets has remained the same or slightly increased. Lastly, within the evolving framework of e-commerce the postal operators are developing alternative ways of delivering postal items, such as automated parcel lockers and other parcel pickup points.
With this dynamic landscape as a backdrop, we are pleased to present you the 16th edition of the annual IPC Postal Regulatory Database Country Directory. In this edition, we welcome China (People’s Republic) as a new participant, which means that we are reaching 49 countries worldwide. Moreover, this year 17 countries have been added to the database, in cooperation with PostEurop.
You can access the members-only 2017 IPC Regulatory Database here.
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