MEPs to vote on cross-border parcel delivery rules
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are scheduled to vote tomorrow (Tuesday, 13 March) on a regulation which its authors claim will “make the cross-border parcel delivery market more transparent and competitive and reduce the barriers consumers and e-retailers encounter when purchasing products online in the EU”.
According to a statement issued on the European Parliament website today (12 March): “Online shoppers and retailers continue to be confronted with high prices for deliveries to another EU country. Rates for parcels sent from one EU country to another can be up to five times higher than domestic prices.
“In addition, there can be significant differences when shipping a parcel from two different EU countries to the same destination. For example sending a 2kg parcel from Belgium to Italy would cost €32.8 while the same package sent from the Netherlands to Italy would cost €13.
“The lack of transparency in the sector might encourage postal operators to charge unreasonably high prices, which could also prevent small firms from trading in other EU countries. It could also stop consumers from making informed choices and from having access to a wider range of products, affecting especially those living in remote areas.”
The EP statement added that the new regulation will include proposals that will mean:
- Consumers and e-retailers will have the possibility to check the list of prices and look for the best deals on a dedicated website
- Courier services will have to provide customers with clear information on the delivery prices and conditions
- National postal authorities will collect data from shipping companies to monitor the market and assess unreasonably high tariffs.
Click here to view the proposed regulation.