Ecommerce Europe shapes the future of cross-border parcel delivery

PRESS RELEASE December 5, 2016

After 12 months of intensive negotiations, the 41st European Postal Standardization Plenary meeting, which took place on 2 December in Warsaw, came to a successful conclusion. The Plenary decided that the final vote on the technical specification for Interfaces for cross-border parcels will be launched in January 2017. Ecommerce Europe chaired the work to harmonize postal and supply chain management standards to enable one item label for the delivery of merchandise to end customers.

“Cross-border parcel delivery is still one of the top-3 most difficult challenges for online merchants”, declared Walter Trezek, Co-chair of the e-Logistics Working Group of Ecommerce Europe, who chaired the work successfully concluded at the Plenary of last week. « One of the main causes of difficulties in parcel delivery was closed standards leading to proprietary networks, resulting in unfavorable market conditions for online merchants.”

By facilitating the work under a mandate of the European Commission, to specify harmonized Interfaces for cross-border parcels in Europe, Ecommerce Europe achieved a consensus involving all players in parcel delivery. It is the first time that closed networks and open specifications can be supported on one parcel identifier- a parcel label.

For Ecommerce Europe, the launch of the final vote proves that its strategy to actively engage in shaping necessary market fundamentals was right. Ecommerce Europe will engage itself in further activities to actively overcome hurdles linked to cross-border e-Logistics in the very near future.

For more information on Ecommerce Europe’s position on e-Logistics, please refer to the Manifesto for a better parcel delivery market in Europe.


About Ecommerce Europe

Ecommerce Europe is the association representing 25,000+ companies selling goods and/or services online to consumers in Europe. Founded by leading national e-commerce associations, Ecommerce Europe is the voice of the e-commerce sector in Europe. Its mission is to stimulate cross-border e-commerce through lobbying for better or desired policy, by offering a European platform bringing the European e-commerce sector and other stakeholders together, and by providing in-depth research data about European markets.



National associations which are members of Ecommerce Europe

Belgium BeCommerce
Czech Republic APEK
Denmark FDIH
Finland Finnish Commerce Federation
Finland eCommerce Finland
France FEVAD
Germany Händlerbund e.V.
Greece GRECA
Ireland Retail Excellence Ireland



The Netherlands
Norway Virke
Poland e-Commerce Polska
Portugal ACEPI
Romania ARMO
Spain Adigital
Switzerland NetComm Suisse


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