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POSTAL AFFAIRS

Newspapers today are among the leading local users of postal services. Although small market daily and weekly newspapers often use Periodicals mail for delivery of their publications, the mail class that newspapers use the most is Standard Mail, primarily for the delivery of "Total Market Coverage” products (ad inserts to non-subscribers). NAA advocates, on behalf of the newspaper industry, to ensure that postal policies on rates, new services and mail entry are fair and do not adversely impact the long-standing partnership between newspapers and the U.S. Postal Service.

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Postal Rates Going Down on April 10

March 01, 2016

The U.S. Postal Service on February 25 filed a notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) that it will reduce prices for market-dominant products, which includes Standard Mail and Periodicals.  The reduced rates are due to the removal of the exigent surcharge, which USPS has been collecting since 2014.  

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USPS Can't Reject Mailings with Marijuana Ads

January 20, 2016

In a statement issued in mid-December, the U.S. Postal Service declared that it is illegal to enter mail, including newspapers, which contain advertisements offering to buy or sell marijuana and other controlled substances, no matter what local state law may say about marijuana use. But, at the same time, USPS clarified that local postmasters and managers of Business Mail Entry Units lack the authority to declare particular written matters non-mailable on account of their content, and that they must accept such mailings if it is otherwise properly prepared.

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Court Says Postal Rate Surcharge Must Sunset

June 15, 2015

On June 5, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision on the petition filed by the Postal Service appealing the Postal Regulatory Commission’s (PRC) December 2013 decision to sunset the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) 4.3 percent surcharge to recover contributions lost due to the 2008-2009 recession. 

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USPS Responds to NAA's Concerns and Walks Back Steep Rate Increase

May 12, 2015

On May 7, 2015, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approved the U.S. Postal Service's proposed rate increases for Standard Mail and Periodicals. The new rates take effect on May 31. (The PRC had previously approved new First Class rates, which also take effect on May 31).

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