The European Commission introduced new rules related to the parcel delivery service. The aim is to strengthen the trust of consumers and undertakings in cross-border e-commerce within the European Single Market. The consumers will gain better overview of prices for parcel delivery services.
On 2 May 2018 the Regulation (EU) 2018/644 of the European Parliament and of the Council, on cross-border parcel delivery services (hereinafter “Regulation”) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Following this Regulation, the European Commission issued the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1263 of 20 September 2018 establishing the forms for the submission of information by parcel delivery service providers pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2018/644 of the European Parliament and of the Council. Corrigendum was published in the Official Journal of the EU on 26 April 2019.
By issuing this Regulation the European Union aims to reach one of the targets of the Strategy for Digital Single Market in Europe in the area of securing more effective and more affordable cross-border parcel delivery service.
The Regulation aims to increase transparency of tariffs and to allow access to information on cross-border parcel delivery services. It concerns parcel delivery of postal items containing goods, other than an item of correspondence, with a weight not exceeding 31,5 kg.
Information obligation involves all parcel delivery service providers except providers with less than 50 employees (in the average to the previous calendar year and involved in parcel delivery), if those are not established in more than one EU Member state. Parcel delivery service means services involving the clearance, sorting, transport and distribution of parcels.