PostNL submits application for net cost compensation

The Hague – PostNL has submitted an application with the Dutch Independent Post and Telecommunication Authority (OPTA) for compensation of the net costs of the universal service obligation (USO) for 2011. This involves, among others, costs incurred by PostNL to meet the statutory obligation for six-day delivery, retaining 19,000 mail boxes and an extensive network of post offices.

The Postal Directive and the Postal Act 2009 provide for a scheme for compensation for the net costs of the USO. Net costs are caused by the obligation to deliver the services under the USO. PostNL assesses these net costs at €107 to €125 million. The net costs of the USO increase due to decreasing volumes, while the statutory obliged service levels as mentioned above remain the same.
 
OPTA will review the PostNL application. After determination of the net costs, the costs need to be divided over the postal companies in the Netherlands. As a provider of postal services that also fall outside the USO, PostNL is one of these companies.
 
The application is based on the 2011 results of PostNL. PostNL does not foresee to adjust the expected results on the basis of this application.
 
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