Integration Sweeping Europe’s Postal Services

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European postal services will see far-reaching integration in the next five years as privatization and global alliances transform the industry, officials and analysts predicted on Wednesday.

According to a wire report, in separate presentations at a Geneva conference on the future of world postal services, the organizations also said a boom in Internet shopping would underpin growth prospects for the industry’s major players.

“In five years time, there will probably be only four to five main players in Europe,” Philip Dobbenberg, a board member of Royal PTT Post, part of the Dutch postal and courier group TNT Post said in the statement.

Dobbenberg said that national postal services staying outside the rapidly growing trend to form alliances will be marginalized and survive only as domestic players. The conference was organized by the London-based Institute of Economic Affairs.

Concurring with Dobbenberg was John Roberts, chief executive of Britain’s state-owned Post Office, Martin Raab, head of corporate development at Germany’s Deutsche Post AG and Martin Kingston, transport analyst for Deutsche Bank, the report said.

The comments were made in the wake of the announcement last week of a joint venture between TNT Post, the British Post Office and Singapore Post, a Singapore Telecom subsidiary.

The report said that industry analysts expect the moves to be part of overall repositioning as the European Union’s 15 member states move to liberalize all of their national postal markets by the year 2003.

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