Since the liberalisation of postal services, carried out in Belgium by the Act of 13 December 2010, different service providers can provide certain services formerly reserved to the public enterprise named La Poste (known today as bpost), sometimes after obtaining a licence. These services include the handling of physical registered items (as opposed to electronic registered mail). Any holder of a postal licence, as defined in Article 148sexies of the Act of 21 March 1991 on the reform of certain economic public economies, is allowed to provide this service. To this day, only TBC-Post (Mosaic sprl) has such a licence. This communication is a reminder that the law gives moreover the same legal value to the physical registered items handled by bpost or by a postal licence holder, even for the registered items about which a legal or regulatory provision lays down they have to be “by post” or any similar reference.

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