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

Written by Nikolina Šajn (2nd edition),

heap of stacked corrugated cardboard package boxes with trolley on laptop keyboard with selective focus.

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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 is set to increase the transparency of cross-border parcel delivery prices and improve regulatory oversight.

In its general approach, the Council seeks to limit the transparency requirements proposed by the Commission. The Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) report, on the other hand, suggests broadening the application of these requirements to go beyond just universal service providers. Trilogue negotiations started in November 2017, with the next round planned for December.

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: Trilogue negotiations

EU Legislation in progress


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