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Cross-border parcel delivery services [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Nikolina Šajn (3rd edition),

Updated on 08.03.2018

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High prices and the inconvenience of cross-border parcel delivery have been identified as being among the main obstacles to a bigger 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 decrease in delivery prices through increased price transparency and improved regulatory oversight.

In December 2017, Parliament and the Council reached a compromise on the proposal. The provisional agreement would enable consumers and businesses to compare delivery prices on a dedicated website, where the Commission will publish public tariffs of cross-border delivery service-providers. The regulation would also provide greater powers for national regulatory authorities 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

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Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on cross-border parcel delivery services
Committee responsible:


Shadow rapporteurs:







Transport and Tourism (TRAN)

Lucy Anderson (S&D, United Kingdom)

Markus Ferber (EPP, Germany)

Kosma Złotowski (ECR, Poland)

Pavel Telička (ALDE, Czech Republic)

Tania González Peñas (GUE/NGL, Spain)

Jill Evans (Greens/EFA, United Kingdom)

Daniela Aiuto (EFDD, Italy)

Marie-Christine Arnautu (ENF, France)

COM(2016)285 of 25.05.2016

2016/0149 (COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Next steps expected: First-reading vote in plenary

Stage: vote in plenary


One thought on “Cross-border parcel delivery services [EU Legislation in Progress]

  1. Agree but in addition to above, cross-border delivery services also require the knowledge of country-specific rules and customs which is one of the biggest obstacles.


    Posted by Delivery service providers | April 17, 2018, 10:28

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