Wed. Sep 28th, 2022

PARIS (EFE).- France plans to force Amazon and other platforms to set a minimum of three euros for shipping costs for book purchases, a measure that seeks to protect traditional bookstores and support the grouping of orders as an environmental gesture.

The Ministries of Economy and Finance and Culture announced this Friday that they are going to follow the recommendations of the Authority for the Regulation of Electronic Communications, Post Office and Press Distribution to establish that minimum rate for shipping costs for orders up to 35. euro

The provision complements a law approved in 2021 that bars companies from paying book shipping costs to balance the publishing sector’s competition in the digital age against the power of online giants like Amazon against traditional bookstores.

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After consultation with the sector, online book sales are subject to a minimum cost of at least three euros, tax included, for purchases of less than 35 euros, without affecting store withdrawal orders.

The measure will mainly affect giants like Amazon, which has been able to bill home delivery services for as little as one percent, as it has been doing until now.

France will notify the European Commission of this provision and, once advanced from Brussels, the minimum rate will enter into force six months after its publication in the Official Gazette.

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