Swiss Post rejects COMCO allegations regarding large-scale customer discounts | Post&Parcel

The Swiss Post statement summarized the company’s position: “On 8 April 2011, COMCO initiated proceedings against Swiss Post’s pricing systems for addressed domestic letters for business customers.

“More than six years later, COMCO has fined Swiss Post for allegedly granting discounts that are unlawful under antitrust law to large-scale customers for domestic addressed letters between 2009 and 2014. The fine amounts to 22.6 million francs.

“Swiss Post rejects the allegations and is confident that it has at all times behaved lawfully towards its customers and competitors, especially since it has always developed and applied the relevant pricing systems in accordance with the provisions of the Postal Services Act.

“Competition was never adversely affected and competitors were never impeded by Swiss Post’s pricing systems.

“Swiss Post will therefore contest the decision before the Federal Administrative Court.”

The company added that it cannot comment in detail because “COMCO has not yet given the reasons for its decision”.

Explaining the rationale for pricing strategy for large-scale customers, Swiss Post said: “In an increasingly competitive market environment, it is important for Swiss Post to pass on cost advantages obtained through efficiency gains to its customers.

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