Significant Market Power

Since 1 January 2014, the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) has been authorised to impose specific obligations on postal operators with proven significant market power (SMP).

The SMP policy is laid down in the provisions about access regulation for postal operators as laid down in the Postal Act 2009. This access regulation describes that other postal companies are to be granted access to the sorting and delivery network of PostNL. 

In June 2016, the ACM published a draft decision on the 24-hour business mail market. In this draft decision, PostNL is indicated to have SMP and a proposal is made on the conditions at which PostNL has to grant access to its sorting and delivery network. A final decision is expected to be published by ACM in 2017. 

For more details on the expected impact of different measures from ACM, please also see our press release dated 1 October 2015.