Antitrust & Competition Policy Blog

Editor: D. Daniel Sokol
University of Florida
Levin College of Law

Thursday, March 14, 2019

International Post Organisations: A European Perspective

Oliver Bischoff, Dagmar Kollmann, Jürgen Kühling, Thomas Nöcker, Achim Wambach and Angelika Westerwelle offer International Post Organisations: A European Perspective.

ABSTRACT: In Europe, there have not been evolved a single market for postal services so far. The markets for postal services are predominantly restricted to the national boundaries determined by the different socio-economic and legal conditions that are still present in the Member States of the European Union (EU). However, market integration of postal services, ending up to a single market, would intensify competition among postal services providers, thus, finally increasing welfare. One barrier of market integration could be the multilateral agreements for cross-border postal services of the International Post Corporation (IPC) and of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) that apply exclusively to the Universal Service Providers (USP).

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