PostNL opposes decision ACM

The Hague, 25 June 2015 – Further to a request from a mail company regarding the tender for postal services by the municipality of Rotterdam, the Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM, the Dutch supervisory authority for the mail market) published a decision on its website today. In this decision, ACM stipulates that PostNL must, amongst other things, allow other mail companies insight in a number of business tariffs and discounts. PostNL opposes this ACM decision.

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 and accessible for all Dutch residents. Also in the long term. This requires adequate rules that guarantee healthy competition. 

PostNL has objected against the decision. Pending the outcome thereof, the decision remains in force.