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Competition Act investigation regarding business parcel delivery services

19 September 2019

Open

Investigation into Operators in the business parcel delivery sector
Case opened 13 August 2018
Summary

Section 2 of the Competition Act 1998 prohibits agreements between undertakings that have as their object or effect the prevention, restriction or distortion of competition, where this may affect trade within the UK (the ‘Chapter I prohibition’). Similarly, Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (‘TFEU’) prohibits agreements between undertakings that have as their object or effect the prevention, restriction or distortion of competition, where this may affect trade between Member States.

This investigation will examine suspected market sharing and/or customer allocation arrangements between operators in the business parcel delivery sector in the UK and/or European Union and establish whether there has been one or more infringements of the Chapter I prohibition and/or Article 101 of the TFEU.

Relevant legal provision(s)

Section 2 of the Competition Act 1998 (the “Act”) and Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (“TFEU”).

Ofcom has issued a statement of objections alleging that Royal Mail Group Limited and The SaleGroup Limited have breached UK and EU competition law.

For further information, see the accompanying press release.


Case leader

Sheryl Willson (sheryl.willson@ofcom.org.uk)

Case reference CW/01222/07/18