Postal

NNA works daily on postal issues that affect community newspapers. Its goals are to achieve fair rates, efficient service and a level competitive playing field between newspapers and direct mail competitors.

NNA represents community newspapers:

  • On the Postal Service’s Mailers Technical Advisory Committee

  • Before the Postal Regulatory Commission

  • With the House Oversight and Government Committee

  • The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee

Some of NNA’s achievements include:

  • Preserving the lowest commercial postage rate in the system—the Within County privilege—for community newspapers for more than 120 years

  • Gaining a new 5 percent discount for Outside County postage for total mailings of under 5,000 copies when a paper has the Within County privilege

  • Making sure a newspaper does not lose the privilege just because a postal carrier’s route wanders outside a county line

  • Gaining an extension for the requirement to shift to a new Intelligent Mail Barcode for automation discounts

  • Preserving next-day or better service standards for periodicals entered at local post offices or mail distribution facilities

Postal rate increase Jan. 21 likely about 2%

October 16, 2017

The official inflation factor used to file price increases under the current postal reform law of 2006, in which the National Newspaper Association was instrumental, is 1.9 percent for the 12-month average used by the Postal Regulatory Commission.

Expired subscribers, Requester copies for NIE use, and identification statement required content

September 13, 2017

Q & A from NNA
postal hotline …

Statement of ownership filing for October deadline

September 13, 2017

The publisher of each publication sent Periodicals Class Mail, including foreign publications accepted at Periodicals rates, must file Form 3526 by Oct. 1 of each year at the original entry post office. If Oct. 1 falls on a Saturday, the post office would expect to receive it by close of business on Sept. 30.

How newspapers may insert their own magazines, etc.

August 23, 2017

As publishers seek to offer new publications within their markets, they often ask the NNA Postal Hotline how they may insert their own magazines or other special publications, such as antique or tourist guides, into their mailed newspapers as value-added material.

NNA makes postal reform a legislative priority

August 21, 2017

WASHINGTON—Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-UT, left Congress on June 30 to become a Fox News commentator. The chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and primary sponsor of the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 had drawn headlines for suggesting a $2,500 housing allowance for members of Congress, whose annual salary is $174,000. Chaffetz was known as one of several representatives who slept on the couches in their offices rather than rent an apartment.

NNA seeks USPS delivery reports

August 21, 2017

WASHINGTON—A quest for information about the speed of rural mail delivery continues without firm resolution, National Newspaper Association Postal Committee Chair Max Heath said.

Slow Mail Costs Money

August 18, 2017

Most people get mail every day, Monday through Saturday.  But what happens when the mail comes later than we expect? 

Threatened with permit revocation: 75% Ad Rule

July 11, 2017

There’s been an uptick in recent years of newspapers found in violation of the 75 percent advertising rule, which prohibits Periodicals from running more than 75 percent advertising percentage in more than half the issues in a 12-month period.

 

Grow circulation with mail sampling, and sell extra advertising as a bonus

June 12, 2017

I continue to get calls and emails on sampling nonsubscribers. This rewrite will attempt to draw a sharper line between the two confusing rules that govern nonsubscriber copy mailing.

 

USPS changes uncertain with this Congress

June 12, 2017

Newspapers that are dependent upon the mail, will enter into the summer session of Congress with many unanswered questions about the near future of Periodicals Class Mail.

 

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