MEPs tackle high cross - border parcel delivery costs

Liberal and Democrat MEPs have welcomed the adoption today by the European Parliament of a report aimed at lowering the price of parcel delivery for online shopping within the EU. Significant price differences currently exist between EU countries, sometimes even for the same route, and consumers are generally unaware of the different delivery options available, and don’t always have a choice between providers, according to MEP Pavel Telička.

In the last few years, the Commission has set out a range of measures to improve access for consumers and businesses to online goods and services across Europe. However, the 2015 EC's Consumer survey on the main cross-border obstacles to the Digital Single Market identified that smaller retailers and individual consumers (who often do not send sufficient volumes to qualify for individual negotiated discounts) pay significantly higher public prices for cross-border parcel delivery and are served by fewer operators, especially in remote areas.

This legislation will ensure make the parcel delivery market more transparent, strengthen regulatory oversight, enhance tariffs transparency and enable price comparison. One of the main points is the focus of the regulation on the single piece tariffs, so that small retailers will be able to deliver their product across Europe at reasonable and controlled fares. 

MEP Pavel Telička, ALDE Shadow on the report, said:

“eCommerce is a 21st century combination of the free movements of goods and the freedom to provide services and it brings enormous opportunities for all businesses across Europe. It is essential that we make sure today that these opportunities are not limited to large companies or online platforms, but that small retailers and local craft shops are also in a position to deliver across Europe reliably and at affordable prices. This regulation is a step in the right direction and will provide for increased price transparency, consumers’ awareness and ultimately competition on the single piece tariffs, which are precisely the tariffs paid by an individual or a small business.”

-ALDE press release-