Cross Border Parcels

Under Regulation (EU) 2018/644 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 April 2018 on cross-border parcel delivery services, there is an obligation on some “parcel delivery service providers” to provide certain information to the Commission for Communications Regulation (“ComReg”) which is then passed to the European Commission.

What is a parcel delivery service provider?

In Regulation 2018/644 the term “parcel delivery service provider” is defined as meaning “an undertaking that provides one or more parcel delivery services with the exception of undertakings established in one Member State alone, that only provide domestic parcel delivery services as part of a sales contract and as part of the contract personally delivery goods that are subject of that contract to the user”.
Parcel delivery services” are defined as meaning “services involving the clearance, sorting transport and distribution of parcels”. Parcel is defined as meaning “a postal item containing goods with or without commercial value, other than an item of correspondence, with a weight not exceeding 31.5kg”.

What to do if you are a parcel delivery service provider?

You are asked to make ComReg aware of this by emailing postreg@comreg.ie.

Please also state if you had, on average, more than 50 persons working for you and involved in the provision of parcel delivery services over the previous calendar year.

If you had on average more than 50 persons working for you over the previous calendar year in the provision of parcel delivery services, there is certain information you will need to provide to ComReg at a future date, namely;

  1. by 31 January 2019: a public list of tariffs applicable on 1 January of 2019 for the delivery of single-piece postal items (see Article 5(1) of Regulation 2018/644). The European Commission will set up a web based portal for the submission of this information which parcel delivery service providers will be encouraged to use.
  2. by 30 June 2019: certain information set out in Article 4 of Regulation 2018/644. The form in which this information will be required is set out by the European Commission in the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1263 of 20 September 2018.

Please also see ComReg Information Notice 18/107