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High prices and the inconvenience of cross-border parcel delivery have been identified as being among the main obstacles to greater uptake of e-commerce among European consumers and retailers. Research shows that current cross-border parcel delivery prices charged by universal service providers can be almost five times higher than domestic parcel delivery prices. To remedy the situation, the European Commission presented a legislative proposal on cross-border parcel delivery services as part of its ...

Cross-border parcel delivery

Накратко 06-03-2018

As part of efforts to boost e-commerce and to make online shopping easier for consumers, the European Commission has proposed a regulation on cross-border parcel delivery services. It aims to improve transparency and increase regulatory oversight of the cross-border parcel delivery sector, in order to foster competition and reduce delivery prices. Trilogue negotiations led to a provisional agreement on the proposal in December 2017, which needs to be confirmed in a vote during the March plenary session ...

Effective and affordable parcel delivery is a pre-condition for cross-border trade in physical goods. At present, consumers and shippers in different Member States face very different prices, service levels, and volumes of e-commerce parcels differ hugely by Member State. These shortcomings represent a major impediment to cross-border e-commerce, and thus the Digital Single Market. This in-depth analysis reviews the performance of EU markets for parcel delivery, and discusses concerns and policy ...

The Future of Sustainable Freight Transport and Logistics

Задълбочен анализ 15-01-2010

This note reviews recent trends in EU freight transport and evaluates the current EU approach to the development of a sustainable freight transport system. It then considers the likely impact of existing and potential initiatives to promote sustainability. For various reasons it will be more difficult to achieve sustainability for freight than for personal transport. Existing technologies and policies will only go part-way towards a full solution and new more radical initiatives will be required ...