Postal market to be liberalized since next year


2012 11 29

Postal market to be liberalized since next year
Postal market to be liberalized since next year
The new postal law has more specific terms – every person providing mail services will be referred to as mail service providers, functions of state institutions are specified – not the Government, but Communications Regulatory Authority is responsible for approving highest rates for universal postal services (UPS) according to the stages of postal package weight.
In order to equalize competitive conditions for all persons providing postal services, bulk mail will not be subjected to UPS charges. Such practice exists in a lot of EU member states and gives an opportunity for postal service provider to compete and set competitive prices for business customers. Given the existing practice large volume is to be considered when one sender sends 1000 and more items of correspondence or 250 or more parcels in one month.
Lithuanian post office, which is currently the only obliged provider of postal services in Lithuania, made a lot of investments to create its postal network so in accordance with EU directive it will be given proper amount of time to retrieve its investments. In order to ensure constant provision of postal services, Lithuanian post is assigned as provider for universal postal services for the period of 7 years, until 2019 January 1st.   
UPS provider still maintains the duty to deliver periodicals in rural areas. In order to ensure the transparency of the tariffs calculations the government has been obliged to confirm criteria for setting up rates for deliveries of periodicals in rural areas.
In accordance to customer complaints about commercial type correspondence being thrown into their mailboxes, it is foreseen in the Postal law that if the user does not wish to receive advertising it should mark its mail box accordingly, so it would be clear no unaddressed direct mail is wanted. Persons who violate this recipients disagreement will respond by the law. Users who have received unwanted advertisements should apply to the State Food and Veterinary Authority or the State Non Food Products Inspectorate. Protocol written by these institutions will serve as a basis for further investigation and sanctions by the State Consumer Rights Protection Authority.