PostNL welcomes First Mail violation judgement

Deutsche Post’s German-based subsidiary First Mail has breached the German Postal Act in terms of pricing and non-discrimination regulations. The decision was taken by the German regulator Bundesnetzagentur in consultation with the Federal Cartel Office.

As a result of the findings, the Bundesnetzagentur has ordered First Mail and Deutsche Post to end the infringement no later than 31 August 2011.

PostNL, and its Germany subsidiary TNT Post Germany, welcomed the decision, claiming it is an important step on the path to profitability of TNT Post Germany in 2013.

Harry Koorstra (pictured), chairman of the Executive Board of PostNL, said: “This is an important signal for more competition and more diversity in the German postal market.

“Free and fair competition drives the development of innovative postal solutions, which in turn leads to more efficiency and a choice for our clients.

“As the main challenger to the postal incumbent, we are keen to lead this development of the German market for business mail.”

At the time of the judgement, the Bundesnetzagentur also made a proposal on the level of possible new charges.

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