Postal services - Packaging for boxable items - Characteristics for packaging of small and light weight items to be delivered into the consumer’s letterbox

This document covers physical properties and characteristics for the packaging for small and light weight postal items to be delivered into the consumer’s letterbox. It covers the main design features for the packaging of letterboxable postal items, notably the sizes and stacking as well as postal and environmental requirements.
This document is targeted to e-retailers and postal operators.

Postalische Dienstleistungen - Verpackungen für briefkastenfähige Sendungen - Eigenschaften von Verpackungen für kleine und leichte Waren, die in den Briefkasten des Verbrauchers zugestellt werden

Dieses Dokument behandelt die physischen Eigenschaften und Merkmale der Verpackung kleiner und leichter Postsendungen, die in die Hausbriefkästen zugestellt werden. Es behandelt die wichtigsten Gestaltungsmerkmale für die Verpackung von briefkastenfähigen Postsendungen, insbesondere die Größen und Stapelbarkeit sowie postalische und Umweltanforderungen.
Dieses Dokument richtet sich an Online-Einzelhändler und Postbetreiber.

Services postaux - Emballage pour la livraison de colis dans la boîte aux lettres - Caractéristiques d’emballage pour les marchandises petites et légères, destinées à être livrées dans les boîtes aux lettres des destinataires

Poštne storitve - Embalaža za predmete v škatlah - Značilnosti embalaže za manjše in lažje predmete, ki se dostavljajo v poštni nabiralnik stranke

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Public Enquiry End Date
31-Jul-2020
Publication Date
03-Nov-2020
Technical Committee
Current Stage
6060 - National Implementation/Publication (Adopted Project)
Start Date
29-Oct-2020
Due Date
03-Jan-2021
Completion Date
04-Nov-2020

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SLOVENSKI STANDARD
SIST-TS CEN/TS 17523:2020
01-december-2020
Poštne storitve - Embalaža za predmete v škatlah - Značilnosti embalaže za
manjše in lažje predmete, ki se dostavljajo v poštni nabiralnik stranke

Postal services - Packaging for boxable items - Characteristics for packaging of small

and light weight items to be delivered into the consumer’s letterbox
Postalische Dienstleistungen - Verpackungen für briefkastenfähige Sendungen -

Eigenschaften von Verpackungen für kleine und leichte Waren, die in den Briefkasten

des Verbrauchers zugestellt werden

Services postaux - Emballage pour la livraison de colis dans la boîte aux lettres -

Caractéristiques d’emballage pour les marchandises petites et légères, destinées à être

livrées dans les boîtes aux lettres des destinataires
Ta slovenski standard je istoveten z: CEN/TS 17523:2020
ICS:
03.240 Poštne storitve Postal services
55.040 Materiali in pripomočki za Packaging materials and
pakiranje accessories
SIST-TS CEN/TS 17523:2020 en,fr,de

2003-01.Slovenski inštitut za standardizacijo. Razmnoževanje celote ali delov tega standarda ni dovoljeno.

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CEN/TS 17523
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
SPÉCIFICATION TECHNIQUE
October 2020
TECHNISCHE SPEZIFIKATION
ICS 03.240; 55.040
English Version
Postal services - Packaging for boxable items -
Characteristics for packaging of small and light weight
items to be delivered into the consumer's letterbox

Services postaux - Emballage pour la livraison de colis Postalische Dienstleistungen - Verpackungen für

dans la boîte aux lettres - Caractéristiques d'emballage briefkastenfähige Sendungen - Eigenschaften von

pour les marchandises petites et légères, destinées à Verpackungen für kleine und leichte Waren, die in den

être livrées dans les boîtes aux lettres des destinataires Briefkasten des Verbrauchers zugestellt werden

This Technical Specification (CEN/TS) was approved by CEN on 14 September 2020 for provisional application.

The period of validity of this CEN/TS is limited initially to three years. After two years the members of CEN will be requested to

submit their comments, particularly on the question whether the CEN/TS can be converted into a European Standard.

CEN members are required to announce the existence of this CEN/TS in the same way as for an EN and to make the CEN/TS

available promptly at national level in an appropriate form. It is permissible to keep conflicting national standards in force (in

parallel to the CEN/TS) until the final decision about the possible conversion of the CEN/TS into an EN is reached.

CEN members are the national standards bodies of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia,

Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway,

Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and

United Kingdom.
EUROPEAN COMMITTEE FOR STANDARDIZATION
COMITÉ EUROPÉEN DE NORMALISATION
EUROPÄISCHES KOMITEE FÜR NORMUNG
CEN-CENELEC Management Centre: Rue de la Science 23, B-1040 Brussels

© 2020 CEN All rights of exploitation in any form and by any means reserved Ref. No. CEN/TS 17523:2020 E

worldwide for CEN national Members.
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CEN/TS 17523:2020 (E)
Contents Page

European foreword ....................................................................................................................................................... 3

Introduction .................................................................................................................................................................... 4

1 Scope .................................................................................................................................................................... 6

2 Normative references .................................................................................................................................... 6

3 Terms and definitions ................................................................................................................................... 6

4 Symbols and abbreviations ......................................................................................................................... 8

5 Physical properties ......................................................................................................................................... 8

5.1 Format ................................................................................................................................................................. 8

5.1.1 General ................................................................................................................................................................ 8

5.1.2 Compliant with EN 13724............................................................................................................................. 8

5.1.3 Compliant with midsized aperture ........................................................................................................... 8

5.1.4 Compliant with small apertures ................................................................................................................ 8

5.1.5 Document vs. goods ........................................................................................................................................ 8

5.2 Stacking............................................................................................................................................................... 8

5.2.1 Stacking requirements .................................................................................................................................. 8

5.2.2 Stacking compliant with EN 13724 ........................................................................................................... 9

5.2.3 Stacking compliant with the midsized aperture of 25 mm .............................................................. 9

5.2.4 Stacking compliant with the small aperture of 20 mm ..................................................................... 9

5.3 Flap location ................................................................................................................................................... 10

5.4 Merchandise returns service ................................................................................................................... 10

6 Processing ....................................................................................................................................................... 10

6.1 Transport packaging ................................................................................................................................... 10

6.2 Packaging material ...................................................................................................................................... 11

6.2.1 Environmental............................................................................................................................................... 11

6.2.2 Overall .............................................................................................................................................................. 11

6.3 Automation ..................................................................................................................................................... 11

Annex A (informative) Evaluation of the optimal thickness for stacking ............................................. 13

A.1 Stacking............................................................................................................................................................ 13

A.1.1 General ............................................................................................................................................................. 13

A.1.2 Compliant with EN 13724.......................................................................................................................... 13

A.1.3 Compliant with the midsized apertures of 25 mm ........................................................................... 14

A.1.4 Compliant with the “Small” apertures of 20 mm .............................................................................. 14

Bibliography ................................................................................................................................................................. 16

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European foreword

This document (CEN/TS 17523:2020) has been prepared by Technical Committee CEN/TC 331 “Postal

services”, the secretariat of which is held by NEN.

Attention is drawn to the possibility that some of the elements of this document may be the subject of

patent rights. CEN shall not be held responsible for identifying any or all such patent rights.

According to the CEN/CENELEC Internal Regulations, the national standards organisations of the

following countries are bound to announce this Technical Specification: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria,

Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland,

Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of

North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United

Kingdom.
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CEN/TS 17523:2020 (E)
Introduction

Ecommerce led to raising volumes of commercial postal items. Postal items containing documents are

letters, whereas postal items containing goods are parcels or small packets.

This document refers to EN 13724 “Postal services - Apertures of private letter boxes and letter plates -

Requirements and test methods” and furthermore takes in consideration that there still are millions of

consumer’s letterboxes with a smaller aperture than defined in EN 13724.

This document addresses Ecommerce related delivery needs and challenges. It serves as a guidance for

large, medium and small online merchants, benefiting in sending small and light weight items as boxable

postal items to the consumer’s letterbox, using existing letter mail networks, with the advantage a

successful first delivery attempt:
— reducing packaging material;
— stacking the packages;
— supporting advanced automation for packaging.

International postal statistics show that some 80 % of addressed parcels generated by Ecommerce today

weight less than two kilograms. The most common weight category with 31 % is 200 g to 500 g. The value

of some 39 % is below 25 €. The majority of households (68 %) prefer to have the goods delivered to

their homes.

The top six product categories bought cross-border in 2018 were clothing (31 %), consumer electronics

(21 %), health and beauty (17 %), jewellery and watches (11 %), books, music and media (10 %) and

sport and leisure (10 %).

Consumers are frustrated by failed delivery messages such as “sorry we missed you” messages. Even

more frustrating is it when the parcel contains something that could easily have been popped through

the private letterbox if it had been appropriately packed.

The key players in the Ecommerce supply chain are e-retailers (incl. manufacturers), postal companies

and consumers.
Concerning their parcel volumes, e-retailers can be clustered in 4 groups:
— global e-retailers;
— regional e-retailers;
— small e-retailers;
— consumers, who ship goods privately sold.

E-retailers pack each consignment to meet the needs of the product and of the postal delivery logistics.

In order to speed up and ease the workflow, e-retailers try to standardize their “ideal” packaging allowing

protective, cheap and easy packaging and enabling returns. Unfortunately, such company specific

solutions too often result in “over-packaging” and “void space”, causing waste of valuable resources.

E-retailers who manage right-size packaging of postal items see substantial cuts in their own cost by

reducing both operational and shipping costs, saving storage space, cutting labour cost and order

administration, and significantly cutting assembly and packing times. Standardized packaging for postal

return services is of strategic importance to the Ecommerce market.
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CEN/TS 17523:2020 (E)

A survey in 2017 revealed that 25,6 % of consumers received items delivered in boxes or parcels that

were far too large. 15 % of the boxes or parcels used too much packaging. 22,8 % of consumers expressed

frustration at receiving items in packaging that had become ripped or damaged during transit, risking

damage to or loss of the contents of the parcel. Twenty % of packaging was not a good fit for the product.

7 % of consumers stated that products arrived damaged as a result of inappropriate packaging. 19,8 %

felt that the packaging was insufficient to protect the content, risking damage.

The postal operators act in a delivery market which has become particularly vibrant: consumers are

demanding low cost and fast delivery, e-retail giants are wielding greater market power, and global

integrators are muscling in on B2C delivery. Leveraging trusted brands, strong expertise and nationwide

networks, postal operators are looking to grow their share of both domestic and cross-border markets.

There is a continuous annual two digits increase of the number of parcels and a parallel increase of the

number of private receivers. Main issues for the postal operators are the quality and number of drivers,

the problems with deliveries into pedestrian zones during limited hours, double-delivery because of the

consumer’s absence and void-space.
“Letterboxable” packaging of postal items fulfils market needs:
— the letterboxable postal items will fit through a customer’s letterbox;

— first time delivery means less cost for the post and fewer emissions as there are no second or third

delivery attempts, no need for customers to collect parcels from postal outlets, courier depots or

parcel shops, leading to less impact on the environment;

— the possibility of stacking parcels reduces the space needed in warehouses and delivery vans and

thus can improve the workflow at e-retailers and posts;

— standards make it easier for automation, as manufactures adapt their solutions to a larger base of

standardized item dimensions;

— the reduction of packaging material and the use of environmentally friendly packaging materials

reduce the effect of CO in the atmosphere.

This document is in line with the legal European framework for packaging and packaging waste which is

designed to prevent the production of packaging waste and promote the reuse, recycling and other forms

of recovering of packaging waste, instead of its final disposal, thus contributing to the transition towards

a circular economy:

— waste management in the European Union should be improved, with a view to protecting, preserving

and improving the quality of the environment, protecting human health, ensuring prudent efficient

and rational utilization of natural resources, promoting the principles of the circular economy,

enhancing the use of renewable energy, increasing energy efficiency, reducing the dependence of the

Union on imported resources, providing new economic opportunities and contributing to long-term

competitiveness. The more efficient use of resources would also bring substantial net savings for

Union businesses, public authorities and consumers, while reducing total annual greenhouse gas

emissions;

— as the amount and type of packaging used generally depends on choices made by the producer rather

than the consumer, extended producer responsibility schemes should be established.

The letterbox standard EN 13724 was defined in connection with the envelope category “C”. This is a local

German standard [DIN 678-1:1998-1 Envelopes – Part 1: Sizes] but the main size category in Europe for

large format envelopes.
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1 Scope

This document covers physical properties and characteristics for the packaging for small and light weight

postal items to be delivered into the consumer’s letterbox. It covers the main design features for the

packaging of letterboxable postal items, notably the sizes and stacking as well as postal and

environmental requirements.
This document is targeted to e-retailers and postal operators.
2 Normative references
The following documents are referred to in the text in such a
...

SLOVENSKI STANDARD
kSIST-TS FprCEN/TS 17523:2020
01-julij-2020
Poštne storitve - Embalaža za škatlaste predmete - Karakteristike embalaže
manjših in lahkih predmetov, ki se dostavljajo v poštni nabiralnik stranke

Postal services - Packaging for boxable items - Characteristics for packaging of small

and light weight items to be delivered into the consumer´s letterbox
Postalische Dienstleistungen - Verpackungen für briefkastenfähige Sendungen -

Eigenschaften von Verpackungen für kleine und leichte Waren, die in den Briefkasten

des Verbrauchers zugestellt werden

Services postaux - Emballage pour la livraison de colis dans la boîte aux lettres -

Caractéristiques d’emballage pour les marchandises petites et légères, destinées à être

livrées dans les boîtes aux lettres des destinataires
Ta slovenski standard je istoveten z: FprCEN/TS 17523
ICS:
03.240 Poštne storitve Postal services
55.040 Materiali in pripomočki za Packaging materials and
pakiranje accessories
kSIST-TS FprCEN/TS 17523:2020 en,fr,de

2003-01.Slovenski inštitut za standardizacijo. Razmnoževanje celote ali delov tega standarda ni dovoljeno.

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kSIST-TS FprCEN/TS 17523:2020
FINAL DRAFT
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
FprCEN/TS 17523
SPÉCIFICATION TECHNIQUE
TECHNISCHE SPEZIFIKATION
May 2020
ICS 03.240
English Version
Postal services - Packaging for boxable items -
Characteristics for packaging of small and light weight
items to be delivered into the consumer´s letterbox

Services postaux - Emballage pour la livraison de colis Postalische Dienstleistungen - Verpackungen für

dans la boîte aux lettres - Caractéristiques d'emballage briefkastenfähige Sendungen - Eigenschaften von

pour les marchandises petites et légères, destinées à Verpackungen für kleine und leichte Waren, die in den

être livrées dans les boîtes aux lettres des destinataires Briefkasten des Verbrauchers zugestellt werden

This draft Technical Specification is submitted to CEN members for Vote. It has been drawn up by the Technical Committee

CEN/TC 331.

CEN members are the national standards bodies of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia,

Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway,

Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and

United Kingdom.

Recipients of this draft are invited to submit, with their comments, notification of any relevant patent rights of which they are

aware and to provide supporting documentation.

Warning : This document is not a Technical Specification. It is distributed for review and comments. It is subject to change

without notice and shall not be referred to as a Technical Specification.
EUROPEAN COMMITTEE FOR STANDARDIZATION
COMITÉ EUROPÉEN DE NORMALISATION
EUROPÄISCHES KOMITEE FÜR NORMUNG
CEN-CENELEC Management Centre: Rue de la Science 23, B-1040 Brussels

© 2020 CEN All rights of exploitation in any form and by any means reserved Ref. No. FprCEN/TS 17523:2020 E

worldwide for CEN national Members.
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FprCEN/TS 17523:2020 (E)
Contents Page

European foreword ....................................................................................................................................................... 3

Introduction .................................................................................................................................................................... 4

1 Scope .................................................................................................................................................................... 6

2 Normative references .................................................................................................................................... 6

3 Terms and definitions ................................................................................................................................... 6

4 Symbols and abbreviations ......................................................................................................................... 8

5 Physical properties ......................................................................................................................................... 8

5.1 Format ................................................................................................................................................................. 8

5.1.1 Compiant to EN 13724 ................................................................................................................................... 8

5.1.2 Compliant with midsized aperature......................................................................................................... 8

5.1.3 Compliant with small aperatures .............................................................................................................. 8

5.1.4 Document vs. goods ........................................................................................................................................ 8

5.2 Stacking............................................................................................................................................................... 8

5.2.1 Stacking requirements .................................................................................................................................. 8

5.2.2 Stacking compliant to EN 13724 ................................................................................................................ 9

5.2.3 Stacking compliant to the midsized aperature of 25 mm ................................................................. 9

5.2.4 Stacking compliant to the small aperature of 20 mm ........................................................................ 9

5.3 Flap location ................................................................................................................................................... 10

5.4 Merchandise returns service ................................................................................................................... 10

6 Processing ....................................................................................................................................................... 10

6.1 Transport packaging ................................................................................................................................... 10

6.2 Packaging material ...................................................................................................................................... 11

6.2.1 Environmental............................................................................................................................................... 11

6.2.2 Overall .............................................................................................................................................................. 11

6.3 Automation ..................................................................................................................................................... 11

Annex A (informative) Evaluation of the optimal thickness for stacking ............................................... 13

A.1 Stacking............................................................................................................................................................ 13

A.1.1 General ............................................................................................................................................................. 13

A.1.2 Compliant to EN 13724 .............................................................................................................................. 13

A.1.2.1 Evaluation of the optimal thickness for C4 ......................................................................................... 13

A.1.2.2 Expansion to all “C” boxable sizes .......................................................................................................... 13

A.1.3 Compliant to the midsized apertures of 25 mm ................................................................................ 14

A.1.3.1 Evaluation of the optimal thickness for C4 ......................................................................................... 14

A.1.3.2 Expansion to all “C” boxable sizes .......................................................................................................... 14

A.1.4 Compliant to the “Small” apertures of 20 mm ................................................................................... 14

A.1.4.1 Evaluation of the optimal thickness for C4 ......................................................................................... 14

A.1.4.2 Expansion to all “C” boxable sizes .......................................................................................................... 15

Bibliography ................................................................................................................................................................. 16

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kSIST-TS FprCEN/TS 17523:2020
FprCEN/TS 17523:2020 (E)
European foreword

This document (FprCEN/TS 17523:2020) has been prepared by Technical Committee CEN/TC 331

“Postal services”, the secretariat of which is held by NEN.
This document is currently submitted to the Vote on TS.
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FprCEN/TS 17523:2020 (E)
Introduction

Ecommerce led to raising volumes of commercial postal items. Postal items containing documents are

letters, whereas postal items containing goods are parcels or small packets.

This document refers to EN 13724 “Postal services - Apertures of private letter boxes and letter plates -

Requirements and test methods” and furthermore takes in consideration that there still are millions of

consumer’s letterboxes with a smaller aperture than defined in EN 13724.

This document addresses Ecommerce related delivery needs and challenges. It serves as a guidance for

large, medium and small online merchants, benefiting in sending small and light weight items as boxable

postal items to the consumer’s letterbox, using existing letter mail networks, with the advantage a

successful first delivery attempt:
— reducing packaging material;
— stacking the packages;
— supporting advanced automation for packaging.

International postal statistics show that some 80 % of addressed parcels generated by Ecommerce today

weight less than two kilograms. The most common weight category with 31 % is 200 g to 500 g. The value

of some 39 % is below 25 €. The majority of households (68 %) prefer to have the goods delivered to

their homes.

The top six product categories bought cross-border in 2018 were clothing (31 %), consumer electronics

(21 %), health and beauty (17 %), jewellery and watches (11 %), books, music and media (10 %) and

sport and leisure (10 %).

Consumers are frustrated by failed delivery messages such as “sorry we missed you” messages. Even

more frustrating is it when the parcel contains something that could easily have been popped through

the private letterbox if it had been appropriately packed.

The key players in the Ecommerce supply chain are e-retailers (incl. manufacturers), postal companies

and consumers.
Concerning their parcel volumes, e-retailers can be clustered in 4 groups:
— global e-retailers;
— regional e-retailers;
— small e-retailers;
— consumers, who ship goods privately sold.

E-retailers pack each consignment to meet the needs of the product and of the postal delivery logistics.

In order to speed up and ease the workflow, e-retailers try to standardize their “ideal” packaging allowing

protective, cheap and easy packaging and enabling returns. Unfortunately, such company specific

solutions too often result in “over-packaging” and “void space”, causing waste of valuable resources.

E-retailers who manage right-size packaging of postal items see substantial cuts in their own cost by

reducing both operational and shipping costs, saving storage space, cutting labour cost and order

administration, and significantly cutting assembly and packing times. Standardized packaging for postal

return services is of strategic importance to the Ecommerce market.
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FprCEN/TS 17523:2020 (E)

A survey in 2017 revealed that 25,6 % of consumers received items delivered in boxes or parcels that

were far too large. Fifteen % of the boxes or parcels used too much packaging. 22,8 % of consumers

expressed frustration at receiving items in packaging that had become ripped or damaged during transit,

risking damage to or loss of the contents of the parcel. Twenty % of packaging was not a good fit for the

product.

7 % of consumers stated that products arrived damaged as a result of inappropriate packaging. 19,8 %

felt that the packaging was insufficient to protect the content, risking damage.

The postal operators act in a delivery market which has become particularly vibrant: consumers are

demanding low cost and fast delivery, e-retail giants are wielding greater market power, and global

integrators are muscling in on B2C delivery. Leveraging trusted brands, strong expertise and nationwide

networks, postal operators are looking to grow their share of both domestic and cross-border markets.

There is a continuous annual two digits increase of the number of parcels and a parallel increase of the

number of private receivers. Main issues for the postal operators are the quality and number of drivers,

the problems with deliveries into pedestrian zones during limited hours, double-delivery because of the

consumer’s absence and void-space.
“Letterboxable” packaging of postal items fulfils market needs:
— the letterboxable postal items will fit through a customer’s letterbox;

— first time delivery means less cost for the post and fewer emissions as there are no second or third

delivery attempts, no need for customers to collect parcels from postal outlets, courier depots or

parcel shops, leading to less impact on the environment;

— the possibility of stacking parcels reduces the space needed in warehouses and delivery vans and

thus can improve the workflow at e-retailers and posts;

— standards make it easier for automation, as manufactures adapt their solutions to a larger base of

standardized item dimensions;

— the reduction of packaging material and the use of environmentally friendly packaging materials

reduce the effect of CO in the atmosphere.

This document is in line with the legal European framework for packaging and packaging waste which is

designed to prevent the production of packaging waste and promote the reuse, recycling and other forms

of recovering of packaging waste, instead of its final disposal, thus contributing to the transition towards

a circular economy:

— waste management in the European Union should be improved, with a view to protecting, preserving

and improving the quality of the environment, protecting human health, ensuring prudent efficient

and rational utilization of natural resources, promoting the principles of the circular economy,

enhancing the use of renewable energy, increasing energy efficiency, reducing the dependence of the

Union on imported resources, providing new economic opportunities and contributing to long-term

competitiveness. The more efficient use of resources would also bring substantial net savings for

Union businesses, public authorities and consumers, while reducing total annual greenhouse gas

emissions;

— as the amount and type of packaging used generally depends on choices made by the producer rather

than the consumer, extended producer responsibility schemes should be established.

The letterbox standard EN 13724 was defined in connection with the envelope category “C”. This is a local

German standard [DIN 678-1:1998-1 Envelopes – Part 1: Sizes] but the main size category in Europe for

large format envelopes.
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FprCEN/TS 17523:2020 (E)
1 Scope

This document covers physical properties and characteristics for the packaging for small and light weight

postal items to be delivered into the consumer’s letterbox. It covers the main design features for the

packaging of letterboxable postal items, notably the sizes and stacking as well as postal and

environmental requirements.
This document is targeted to e-retailers and postal operators.
2 Normative references
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