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22.02.2005 Swiss Post International Page 1 UPU Letter Post Regulation Swiss Post proposal to amend the Article RL115-1 Characteristics of postage stamps.

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1 Swiss Post International Page 1 UPU Letter Post Regulation Swiss Post proposal to amend the Article RL115-1 Characteristics of postage stamps and postal prepayment or franking impressions UPU Physical Encoding Group (PEG) Meeting Brussels, 09 March 2005 Jakob Kirchmeier Product Manager Standard Mail

2 Swiss Post International Page 2 UPU Letter Post Regulation Reason for the Proposal (Reminder)  mostly in the panel / window of the envelope (above the address) and not only as usual on the top right-hand part of the envelope.  New franking technologies such as franking machines, PC franking or IT franking set new standards for the postal administrations: e.g. - STAMPIT® from Deutsche Post AG - EasyStamp® from Royal TPG Post BV - WebStamp® from Swiss Post  New postal franking impressions for domestic and international letter-post items will not only be printed on envelope but also on label and document:

3 Swiss Post International Page 3 UPU Letter Post Regulation Historical (Reminder)  Such franking impressions are sometimes wrongly taxed in the destination country by the receiving postal administration, which don’t notice the franking impression in the panel/window of the envelope and therefore consider in good conscience that the letter-post items are not franked, when Terminal Dues already have been paid for the distribution.  After having informed the postal administrations about wrong taxation in the International Bureau Circular 295 from 19 August 2002 without significant results, Swiss Post submitted a new proposal to PostEurop for the next UPU Congress, in order to modify the Article RL115-1 of the UPU Letter Post Regulation.  Deutsche Post AG also informed the postal administrations in the International Bureau Circular 405 from 24 November 2003 about new postal franking impressions.

4 Swiss Post International Page 4 UPU Letter Post Regulation Swiss Post proposal Article RL115-1 Characteristics of postage stamps and postal prepayment or franking impressions Added new Paragraph 3.1bis: Franking impressions obtained from an electronic printing process may be applied above the field of the address field, regardless of the location of the address. Such franking impressions may be applied directly on the envelop or inside the envelope window. The provisions of paragraph 3.1 shall apply to this type of impression.

5 Swiss Post International Page 5 UPU Letter Post Regulation First example franking impression (Swiss Post)

6 Swiss Post International Page 6 UPU Letter Post Regulation Further examples (from different countries)

7 Swiss Post International Page 7 UPU Letter Post Regulation Decision history International Affairs Task Force (IATF) Meeting of 16 December 2003 in Brussels Proposals studied by the Letter Post Working Group (LPWG) ProposalPositionObservation PE-O-25-RL115-1 (Switzerland) LPWG to re-examine Favourable orientation according to the results of the general consultation: - 13 in favour - 4 against - 10 neutral Need for further investigations on the technical feasibility. Consultation of the UPU Standard Board

8 Swiss Post International Page 8 UPU Letter Post Regulation Misunderstanding after presentation PEG June 11,2004 -The key issue of the proposal is to amend the Article RL115-1 in order to avoid wrong taxation in the destination and double taxation of the terminal dues for ranking impressions above the address. -The 2D symbols shown on several examples would not have to appear. Unfortunately the result is that the focus is now on this symbol and on Swiss Post only and not any more on the placement of the franking impression.

9 Swiss Post International Page = Bucharest Congress proposal that require discussion by the Standards Boards SB before discussion by Committee1 Decisions expected: Take note of the documents and examine the proposal provided in order to provide comments Committtee 1 UPU Letter Post Regulation

10 Swiss Post International Page 10 UPU Letter Post Regulation Request from Swiss Post to the PEG To focus on the franking impression with an over all view and not consentrating on the 2D-Barcode. Since Swiss Post agreed that it will do everything to be conform with the UPU S28 as soon as possible. The franking impression does not need necessarily a 2D- Barcode To vote in favor to accept this proposal

11 Swiss Post International Page 11 UPU Letter Post Regulation Opportunities (Reminder)  Postal administrations will answer customer needs on new technologies ;  Postal administrations will act on the global market as innovators ;  Benchmarking between postal administrations will be reinforced on this specific segment ;  UPU Regulation will be officially set up ;  Wrong taxations will quickly disappear between postal administrations for such postal franking impressions.

12 Swiss Post International Page 12 UPU Letter Post Regulation Open discussion


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