PostNL is transparent. However, transparency should benefit healthy competition. In its decision, ACM requires PostNL to be transparent in advance, about the tariffs it offers its business clients. Conversely, any other mail company is not required to do so. This does not result in a level playing field. This is expected to harm a healthy, competitive market and with that the general interest to maintain a reliable and accessible mail delivery network for all Dutch residents in the long term.
The postal volumes decline as a result of substitution to digital media. PostNL strives to maintain a reliable mail delivery network that is reliable and accessible for all Dutch residents. Also in the long term. This requires adequate rules that guarantee healthy competition.
PostNL previously announced that it estimates the financial impact on PostNL of a number of recent decisions by ACM and the possible measures to be implemented by ACM regarding significant market power could add up to 30 million and 50 million euros on an annual basis over a 3- to 4-year period. PostNL expects that the financial impact of this new decision on transparency falls within this range.
PostNL has serious objections and therefore appealed against the decision. The decision forces PostNL to give effect to it. As a consequence, the order to comply has terminated.
We are PostNL. For our clients, we are the link between the physical and the online world. We facilitate communications between people and companies. On average, we deliver 500,000 parcels and 10 million letters a day throughout all of the Netherlands. We offer more and more new services through combinations of smart networks, digital applications and the right communications channels. In doing so, we aim to make the daily lives of our customers easier.
As the first listed postal company, we have the largest and most modern network for letters, parcels and e-commerce in the Benelux countries. In addition, we also operate in Germany, the United Kingdom, and Italy. PostNL employs a total of approximately 56,000 people. In 2014 our revenues reached almost €4.3 billion.