Express Delivery and the Postal Sector in the Context of Public Secto Anti-Competitive Practices

Sokol, D. Daniel | January 1, 2003

International trade plays an increasingly important role in global economics. One growing part of the international economy has been express delivery services. Because various governments that maintain public sector postal monopolies have erected barriers to entry to impede its growth, express delivery has become an important battleground within the realm of trade. International trade, which initially consisted mainly of the trade of goods, is now increasingly focusing on services. This article focuses on the problem of a particular type of service and the barriers on this service (express delivery) that countries place upon it. Not surprisingly, those countries that are the most competitive and have the fewest barriers to trade and problems of monopolization (i.e., those countries that suffer least from monopolistic behavior in their express delivery market) have the most effective and competitive distribution systems.