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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

In-county newspapers get favorable price increase proposal except for Saturation when sampling, or for Requesters

Oct 31, 2018

A U.S. Postal Service rate case was filed Oct. 10 for changes effective Jan. 27, 2019.

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National Newspaper Association Calls Again For Postal Discounts For Flats Tubs

Oct 30, 2018

The National Newspaper Association today asked the Postal Regulatory Commission once again to examine the prices for newspapers’ use of white flats trays (tubs) commonly used for mailings outside ...

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Statement of Ownership questions answered

Oct 22, 2018

National Newspaper Association members went through the annual exercise of filing their statement of ownership this month, with Oct. 1 the filing date. I received several questions about them, which might ...

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Higher rates to mail arrive in January but USPS continues to struggle

Oct 12, 2018

Postage increases will make their annual appearance in January of the new year, as the struggling U.S. Postal Service picks its targets for some hikes while leaving other mailers with a closer-to-inflation ...

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Renewal notices can be mailed as Marketing Mail

Aug 30, 2018

In this column I’ll share actual questions received by NNA’s postal email hotline with answers that might be worthwhile to others.

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Can charitable gift subs be counted as paid?

Aug 14, 2018

Here are more questions and answers from actual inquiries to the National Newspaper Association Postal Hotline in recent weeks.

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NNA advises president’s postal task force on rates, service

Jun 14, 2018

In May, the National Newspaper Association held an initial meeting with the President’s Task Force on the U.S. Postal System, which is required to issue a report by mid-July on how to restructure ...

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Curbside postal delivery ending for new homes

Jun 14, 2018

The U.S. Postal Service is ending curbside delivery for new home construction in favor of cluster boxes, which would require residents to go to a central location in the neighborhood, much like what is ...

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Trump authorizes task force for postal reorganization

May 4, 2018

President Donald J. Trump jumped into the postal reform wars in April with an executive order creating a 120-day task force to reorganize the troubled U.S. Postal Service.

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