Swiss say Uber Eats must register as postal service provider

Swiss authorities say food courier service Uber Eats counts as a postal service provider — and needs to be regulated as such

Switzerland’s postal supervisory authority, PostCom, announced Thursday that the U.S.-based company’s Swiss affiliate needs to register as a postal service provider by the end of January, though it can contest the decision.

Uber Portier B.V., the subsidiary active in Switzerland, has until Jan. 30 to register with PostCom and by doing so will become subject to postal regulations. That could have an impact on work hours, salaries and other “usual work conditions in the sector,” PostCom said.

Uber Eats said in a statement that it had “only just received the argumentation from PostCom and will now analyze it, in order to evaluate the next steps.”

Previously, Uber Switzerland challenged the obligation to subject itself to Swiss postal law, arguing that it was not in contractual relationship with restaurants for which the deliveries were made, PostCom said.