ANACOM approves assessment of cross-border single-piece parcel tariffs and notifies the European Commission

By decision of 26 June 2019, ANACOM has approved the assessment of cross-border single-piece parcel tariffs charged in 2019 by CTT - Correios de Portugal (CTT), provider of the universal postal service, as under article 6 of Regulation (EU) 2018/644 (Cross-Border Regulation) on cross-border parcel delivery services, and notification of this assessment to the European Commission.

The cross-border regulation, which aims to improve cross-border parcel delivery services, sets out to make the prices of these services more transparent and more easily comparable across the European Union, encouraging the reduction of exaggerated differences between tariffs.

Article 6 of this Regulation incorporates specific provisions for the assessment of tariffs by national regulatory authorities for certain services provided by Universal Service Providers (CTT in the case of Portugal), in order to identify excessively high tariffs.

The tariffs assessed by ANACOM were identified through application of the pre-assessment filter mechanism identified in Communication from the Commission COM/2018/838, concerning shipments of:

  • parcels of 1 kg to EU destinations, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway with track & trace;
  • parcels of 2 kg to EU destinations, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway with track & trace;
  • parcels of 5 kg to EU destinations (excluding Austria, Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands), Iceland and Norway with track & trace.

In light of the assessment made, ANACOM took the view that there is no evidence to conclude that these tariffs are excessively high, noting in particular that they form part of the price basket analysed by ANACOM under the universal service provider's pricing criteria for the three year period 2018-2020, established by ANACOM decision of 12 July 2018, complemented by decision of 5 November 2018 In this respect, ANACOM concluded that the tariffs comply with the principles and criteria for the pricing of postal services that make up the universal service, for 2018 and 2019.