Better cross-border parcel deliveries to boost e-commerce and help consumers and small businesses
The Transport and Tourism Committee on Thursday approved draft rules which aim to improve the quality and pricing of cross-border parcel delivery services.
“With this report, in the framework of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy, we are confident that we will assist in securing more efficiency in the sector, a better quality of service, transparency of tariffs and affordable prices,” said rapporteur Lucy Anderson (S&D, UK).
According to the draft rules, delivery companies will have to report the prices of a range of parcel services to national authorities. National authorities will be required to forward the information on parcel delivery tariffs to the European Commission for publication on a dedicated website, which will help ensure transparency in the parcels sector as a whole.
Transport MEPs expanded the scope of the rules on reporting tariffs to cover in principle all cross-border parcel delivery companies, and not only the universal service providers, as proposed by the Commission.
If the national authorities deem it necessary, they may assess the cross-border tariffs of parcels that fall under its universal service obligation, to identify parcel delivery services that they consider unreasonably high, says the text approved by the committee.
Companies which have less than 50 employees and are based in one member state will be exempted from reporting. However, national authorities may include also smaller companies with between 25 and 50 employees where necessary because of the nature of the parcels sector in that particular member state.
MEPs also included new provisions to ensure that consumers and small businesses that order parcels from another member state receive more information about delivery options available, and that further work on quality of service and interoperability of delivery infrastructure is promoted.
Transport MEPs approved a mandate for negotiations with the Council on the final wording of the text. The negotiations can start as soon as the mandate passes before the full session of the Parliament.
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