PostNL wins appeal case on Significant Market Power
The Hague – The Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal (College van Beroep voor het bedrijfsleven, CBb) in The Hague has sided with PostNL in the appeal procedure against the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) analysis decision on Significant Market Power, and has annulled that decision. The ACM has not shown that PostNL has Significant Market Power (SMP). The competitive position of PostNL would be completely different when the market also comprises digital mail, according to the CBb. As a result, the obligations that the ACM had imposed on PostNL in that decision, such as the conditions and tariffs on which other postal operators are granted access to the postal network of PostNL, have been annulled.
We have indicated before that the expected impact of the ACM measures is estimated between €50 million and €70 million per year. A substantial part of this impact has materialised in our results since 2016. We shall further examine the CBb judgment. If we would see reason to adjust the communicated range, we shall inform the market accordingly.
We have always granted other postal operators access to the PostNL network for the delivery of mail, and will continue to do so in a diligent and transparent way. We consider it important that there is as much clarity as possible for all companies active in the postal sector. In the event the judgment leads to amended conditions and tariffs, we shall inform the postal operators in detail.
On 12 September, the lower house of Parliament will discuss the conclusions reached by state secretary Ms Keijzer following the Postal Dialogue. Consolidation is inevitable in this market in decline in order to secure the accessibility and reliability of the postal service in the Netherlands. This judgment does not alter the urgency accompanying these conclusions.
PostNL will examine the judgment in more detail and will determine any additional consequences from a legal, operational and financial point of view. The full version of the judgment is accessible at rechtspraak.nl (in Dutch only).
We are PostNL, the mail and logistics solutions provider for all. With our mail and parcel deliverers who get everywhere, our 5,500 PostNL locations, 11.000 mail boxes and 517 automated parcel lockers, we are always nearby. We aim to be our customers’ favourite deliverer by making it as easy as possible for them to send and receive parcels and letters. Our over 35,000 people are right at the heart of society. On weekdays, we deliver an average 1.1 million parcels and 7.4 million letters across the Benelux region. Our focus is on quality for our customers, creating opportunities for our people and adding value for our stakeholders through growth, digitalisation and sustainability initiatives.
We optimise and support our physical networks by using smart digital solutions and launching new propositions that create value for our customers. We build long-lasting working relationships by acting as a good employer and client for everyone who works for and with us. To make our deliveries as sustainable as possible, we cover a lot of kilometres on foot or by bicycle or e-bike, provide innovative city logistics, use cleaner fuels, and use electric vans and light electric trucks. PostNL NV is a listed company with revenues of €3.1 billion in 2022, 61% of this derived from e-commerce. We provide deliveries of mail and parcels, logistics solutions for e-commerce, and cross-border solutions.