Post (international work)


Our aim is to contribute constructively to international legislative and regulatory developments which impact on our duties and responsibilities in relation to postal matters and which affect UK citizens and consumers in this area.

To achieve this, we engage with and contribute to the development of international regulatory thinking through participation in the relevant groups – as outlined below – and by responding to questionnaires from and initiatives by other NRAs.

Universal Postal Union (UPU)

Ofcom aims to take part in the UPU congress. The UPU is a UN organization of 192 member countries which is the primary forum for cooperation between postal sector stakeholders. It works to ensure a truly universal network of up-to-date products and services and provides technical assistance where needed. It sets the terminal dues rates and standards for international mail and makes recommendations to stimulate growth in mail and parcels volumes and to improve quality of service for customers. It holds a Congress every four years.

Last held: 2016, Istanbul
Next scheduled Congress: 2020, Cote d'Ivoire

European Regulators' Group for Post (ERGP)

Before exiting the European Union, Ofcom was an active participant in the European Regulators’ Group for Post (ERGP) formed by the postal regulators of the EU and EEA Member States, which gives expert advice to the European Commission on postal regulatory issues.

We will continue to cooperate with ERGP as appropriate under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, and to collaborate with European counterparts to exchange best practices for dealing with common challenges.