PostNL package delivers misused by criminals: report

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Criminals abuse PostNL's parcel delivery system. The network of subcontracted package delivers are misused by criminals for things like drug transports and money laundering, Financieele Dagblad reports.

In 2014 PostNL CEO Herna Verhagen was warned about the vulnerability of courier- and parcel delivery companies, according to the newspaper. These businesses are vulnerable to threats, intimidation, money laundering, drug trafficking and and bribery, FD writes. 

PostNL confirmed to the newspaper that "criminals regularly try to abuse our mail and parcel network". The Dutch mail service said that it regularly conducts its own investigations and that it strengthened cooperation with the police, judiciary and tax authorities since 2016.