Significant Market Power

Since 1 January 2014, the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) has been authorized 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 July 2017, the ACM published a final market analysis decision concerning the 24-hour business bulk mail market. ACM’s decision obliges PostNL to offer wholesale access to postal operators in accordance with its wholesale conditions, tariffs and transparency obligations. PostNL is appealing against the SMP decision of ACM. 

For more details on the expected impact of the SMP decision and other measures of ACM, please also see our press release dated 7 August 2017.