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EU to Crack Down on Postal Rip-Offs including Austrian Post

Published: December 22, 2015; 19:00 · (FriedlNews)

The FT reports that Brussels is preparing a regulatory crackdown against rip-off pricing by national postal operators on cross-border parcel deliveries. According to a study, cross-border parcel deliveries are often five times more expensive than identical trips on the domestic market. While the price of a standard 2 kg parcel delivery in Austria with the national postal operator is €4.44, to have that same parcel send to neighbouring Italy would cost €14. Sending the same parcel back from Italy to Austria will rise to €25. In order to connect the common market, the EU wants to develop the potential of e-commerce and to boost cross-border trade. According to the FT, a spokeswoman of the European Commission said that early next year the Commission will “launch measures to enhance price transparency and regulatory oversight” of the European parcel delivery market.

European Union probes cross-border postal prices within the EU / Picture: © Austrian Post

The FT reports that Brussels is preparing a regulatory crackdown against rip-off pricing by national postal operators on cross-border parcel deliveries.

According to a study, cross-border parcel deliveries are often five times more expensive than identical trips on the domestic market.

There are also often large differences between what it would cost to send a package from one country to another compared with the charges for doing the same operation in reverse.

While the price of a standard 2 kg parcel delivery in Austria with the national postal operator is €4.44, to have that same parcel send to neighbouring Italy would cost €14. Sending the same parcel back from Italy to Austria will rise to €25.

Similar examples as the Austria one can be found throughout Europe.

The problem holds up even when similar distances are involved.

In order to connect the common market, the EU wants to develop the potential of e-commerce and to boost cross-border trade.

According to the FT, a spokeswoman of the European Commission said that early next year the Commission will “launch measures to enhance price transparency and regulatory oversight” of the European parcel delivery market.