UPU DOHA CONGRESS IN SEPTEMBER
The Doha Congress of the
Universal Postal Union (UPU) is set to convene in Qatar in late September.
The full Congress, with representatives from 192 member countries, meets
every four years.
the most significant items to be voted on will be the proposed adoption of
minimum security standards for international mail.
A slate of recommended security standards was
approved by the UPU in 2008, but carried no obligation for implementation or
enforcement by member countries.
prominent item of business will be the realignment of terminal dues (payments
between countries for international mail traffic).
for directing U.S. international postal policies was assigned to the U.S.
Department of State by Congress in 2006.
Members of an official Advisory Committee on International Postal and
Delivery Service, convened by the State Department, have persistently urged
leaders of the U.S. delegation to pursue a more procompetitive agenda at the
Their concerns have largely focused
on efforts to address and resolve unjustified competitive advantages that
currently benefit national posts at the expense of
preeminent priorities in the U.S. Strategic Plan heading into the Doha Congress
include advancing a clear distinction and separation between governmental and
operational responsibilities by the UPU and better aligning terminal dues with
costs as well as subsidized postage rates in many countries.
GERMAN POSTAL REGULATOR SEEKS NEW BULK MAIL AUTHORITY
Germany’s postal regulator is
seeking additional powers, and draft legislation expected to be considered this
Fall would strengthen its authority to limit Deutsche Post in the name of
The proposal’s supporters include
Economic Minister Philipp Roesler.
Network Agency officials have expressed concern publicly over pricing for bulk
In July, Germany’s Monopolies
Commission added its support to recommendations by which regulators would
review and approve bulk mail contracts in advance, with increased investigative
The new authority would allow the
regulator to more effectively exert price controls to promote competition and
prevent "abusive behavior."
The main trade association representing the
German courier industry also called for the Bundestag to adopt such changes to
Post maintains a dominant market share of the German letter-mail market
estimated at between 80 and 90 percent.
A spokesman for the company asserted that the regulator already has
adequate tools to ensure competition.
RUSSIAN POSTAL REFORM IN THE WORKS THIS FALL?
A new, national strategy for
modernizing Russian Post is expected to be introduced to the State Duma later
Russian Deputy Communications Minister Denis Sverlov in late July.
Sverlov called the quality of service
currently provided by Russia Post "unsatisfactory."
Also in July, Italian logistics
leader Finmeccanica, along with the leaders of Russian Post and Poste Italiane,
announced a major contract to develop and modernize the Russian Post network.
The contract includes upgrading technology across post offices,
optimizing its logistics network, and introducing new digital services.
The announcement described using Italian
expertise to identify new business opportunities, possibly including
e-commerce, telephony and new commercial service offerings.
Finmeccanica’s subsidiary SELEX Elsag has
operated in Russia since the early 1990s, providing automated postal,
mailsorting and logistics services.