Postal Service Headquarters decided to raise the postage fee by 50 won starting in September, saying that the deficit increased due to a decrease in the amount of mail. This is because most mails from public institutions are transmitted as mobile electronic documents. Instead, platform companies that transmit these electronic documents are collecting huge fees.
Correspondent Kim Ki-tae.
<Reporter> In the
past, various notices and bills from public institutions that were delivered as paper documents through mail.
These days, we receive electronic documents through mobile devices.
In December of last year, the government designated nine companies, including Kakao Pay and Naver, as certified electronic document intermediaries while enforcing the amendment to the Electronic Documents Act, which stipulated the legal effect of electronic documents.
Four government departments and 32 public institutions sent a whopping 43 million cases last year alone, paying from 88 won to 220 won per electronic document.
However, in the first half of this year, Kakao had a market share of 71% and KT was 26%.
Considering eco-friendly aspects such as consumer convenience and reduced paper use, the expansion of mobile electronic notices is positive, but the resulting decrease in mail demand raises postal rates.
[Yang Kyung-sook / Rep. of the Democratic Party (National Assembly Planning and Finance Committee): (Electronic document business) is increasing the burden on the public by increasing postage rates as large corporations are moving into a monopoly. (It must be pushed forward again.)] The
government has not disclosed the standards for setting fees to platform companies or the size of the amount paid to Kakao, and is in the position that it will not be involved in the private market.