Written by Nikolina Šajn (4th edition),
Updated on 05.07.2018
High prices and the inconvenience of cross-border parcel delivery have been identified as being among the main obstacles to greater uptake of e-commerce among European consumers and retailers. Research shows that current cross-border parcel delivery prices charged by universal service providers can be almost five times higher than domestic parcel delivery prices.
To remedy the situation, the European Commission presented a legislative proposal on cross-border parcel delivery services as part of its May 2016 e-commerce package. The proposal’s aim was to contribute to a reduction in delivery prices through increased price transparency and improved regulatory oversight.
The final act was signed in April 2018, following a compromise agreement between Parliament and the Council reached in December 2017. The new regulation will enable consumers and businesses to compare parcel delivery prices on a dedicated website, while national regulatory authorities will be provided with greater powers to monitor cross-border tariffs and assess those they consider to be unreasonably high.
See also our Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment on the topic
|Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on cross-border parcel delivery services|
|Transport and Tourism (TRAN)
Lucy Anderson (S&D, United Kingdom)
Markus Ferber (EPP, Germany)
COM(2016)285 of 25.05.2016
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
|Procedure completed.||Regulation (EU) 2018/644
OJ L 112, 2.5.2018, pp. 19–28