October / November 2000

Netherlands: New Dutch Postal Act anticipates EU liberalisation

01 October 2000

The new Dutch Postal Act provides for a further liberalisation of the postal market than is required in the relevant EU directive. Under the new Postal Act, the exclusive rights granted to the national postal operator for the distribution of mail will be limited to letters weighing up to and including 100 grammes and at a maximum rate of three times the public tariff for the single item. The Dutch government intends to fully liberalise the national postal market by 2003, unless insufficient progress has been made in neighbouring countries.