TNT calls on government to deregulate postal services

DUTCH-OWNED post group TNT yesterday called on the government to lift anti-competitive barriers that prevent it from launching a service to rival Royal Mail. <br /><br />As the state-owned postal service gears up for a national strike &ndash; set to start on Thursday &ndash; TNT wants provisions that exempt Royal Mail from paying value added tax to be removed. <br /><br />It has been trialling a so-called &ldquo;final mile&rdquo; delivery service in Liverpool for 18 months, but will not roll the service out nationwide unless it sees &ldquo;a level playing field&rdquo; in the market. <br /><br />Private mail operators have seen their busiest week ever in the run-up to the strikes, and a move to launch a rival network of postmen and women would further undermine an already fragile Royal Mail.<br /><br />But Royal Mail said there was already room for competition.