What is a postal service?

The term “postal services” is defined by the Communications Regulation (Postal Services) Act 2011 (“the 2011 Act”) as “services involving the clearance, sorting, transport and distribution of postal packets”.

The two distinguishing features of a “postal packet” are that it is addressed and that it has been accepted or intended for transmission by post.

ComReg has concluded that “Document Exchange” and “Express and Courier services” and the delivery of unaddressed advertising material are not “postal services”.

Who provides postal services?

A number of postal service providers operate in Ireland. Postal service providers must obtain authorisation from ComReg.

Click here for more information on authorised service providers and their obligations.