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2001

A new tariff model for newspaper dispatch submitted by Österreichische Post AG to its supreme authority

Pressemeldung from 30.07.2001

New General Business Terms to be published in September, 2001
Rates are cost-oriented, but far from cost-covering

Four new General Business Terms (GBT) referring respectively to dailies, weeklies, monthlies, and to so-called "sponsored mail" were submitted to the post's supreme authority within the Federal Ministry of Communication, Innovation and Technology; they will be published in September, 2001,. and put into force on January 1, 2002, thus replacing the present Newspapers GBT to be cancelled on December 31, 2001.

No more Government subsidies
Government subsidy has been steadily reduced during the last few years and will be stopped altogether on January 1, 2001. In 1998 and 1999, subsidies had reached ATS 1,089 million (EUR 79.1 million) p.a., leaving still Österreichische Post AG with a non-covered loss of more than ATS 200 million (EUR 14.5 million) p.a. In 2000, subsidy dropped to ATS 780 million (EUR 56.7 million), with a non-covered loss of ATS 536 million (EUR 39 million); for 2001, Österreichische Post AG was granted ATS 200 million (EUR 14,5 million) only.

New Newspaper Service rates applied in three steps, as from January 1, 2002
As from January 1, 2002, rates charged to senders of large quantities of newspapers will in principle be based on the Österreichische Post AG's "addressed info-mail" tariff already offered to business and private people sending bulk mail without being able to benefit of the reduced Postal Newspaper Service rates, and subject to official authorisation when posting items below 350 grams. In order to let customers free to act according to suitable needs (productivity planning, etc.), and instead of applying the adjustments concerned once and for all, Österreichische Post AG will proceed in three steps, starting on January 1, 2002, January 1, 2003, and January 1, 2004, respectively.
Unlike the actual GBT, the new ones will make no difference between publications for sale and others. Furthermore, from 2002 on, terms applied to dailies, weeklies or monthlies will no more differ according to their editor's status which will be taken account of, in future, with the "sponsored mail" mode only, the latter referring to a particular group of customers (non-profit organisations, churches and religious communities, various other associations meeting certain requirements) being granted reduced charges proportionate to those applied with similar services of Österreichische Post AG.

New rates for dailies
From 2002 to 2004, adjusted prices will range between 25 and 40 % p.a. for all weight steps on an average, and between 28 and 46 % for the most frequently used category up to 150 grams.

New rates for weeklies
From 2002 to 2004, adjusted prices will range between 21 and 36 % p.a. for all weight steps on an average, and between 21 and 32 % for the most frequently used category up to 200 grams; as from 2004, they still will be by 7 % lower than the rate applied to addressed info-mail.

New rates for monthlies
From 2002 to 2004, adjusted prices will range between 19 and 36 % p.a. for all weight steps on an average, and between 16 and 25 % for the most frequently used category up to 250 grams; as from 2004, they still will be by 10 % lower than the rate applied to addressed info-mail.

New rates for sponsored mail
From 2002 to 2004, adjusted prices will range between 19 and 35 % p.a. for all weight steps on an average - provided the items concerned are fit for mechanical processing, or arranged in a suitable order when handed over to the post - and between 29 and 83 % for the most frequently used category up to 60 grams; as from 2004, they still will be by 22 % lower than the rate applied to addressed info-mail.


For further information, please don't hesitate to contact

Österreichische Post AG
Business Communication
Press / PR
Mr. Michael Homola
Tel.: +43 (1) 515 51 - 32010
E-Mail: michael.homola@post.at
Vienna,