Postal Rates

POSTAL RATES

On January 12, 2021, the News Media Alliance and the National Newspaper Association filed a motion joining a legal challenge to a Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) final rule that removes a statutory price cap, that Congress approved with the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act in 2006, that tied annual postal rate increases to the Consumer Price Index.

As a result of this inflation-based price cap, increases averaged roughly 2 percent per year over the last 14 years. Under the new pricing system, USPS could increase Periodical rates for newspaper issues by as much as 9 percent and Marketing Mail (Total Market Coverage products) by as much as 7 percent per year for the next five years. This means that some newspapers could see their postage bill increase by 45 percent.

A large group of mailers that use the USPS for the delivery of Market Dominant products (First Class, Periodicals and Marketing Mail) have joined together to legally challenge the PRC’s final rule.  The News Media Alliance and NNA filed its own motion to intervene in this case so that we could express a unified industry position before the DC Circuit Court of Appeals that describes the negative consequences of this decision on newspapers – both large and small markets, daily and weekly. By current law, Congress is required to make any decision to change the statutory rate cap for Market Dominant Mail, not the regulator. In addition, the elimination of the rate cap will have a long-term, damaging impact on newspapers and other mailers – at precisely the wrong time – and ultimately degrade USPS’ finances over the long-term.

Scroll down to view articles related to the legal challenge, as well as detailed blog posts outlining the implications of the new PRC rule for news publishers, and other postal rate stories.

Latest Articles


USPS Proposes Rate Changes – Minor to No Change for Newspapers’ Mailed Products
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USPS Proposes Rate Changes – Minor to No Change for Newspapers’ Mailed Products

On October 9, the United States Postal Service announced rate changes for Marketing Mail and for Periodicals mail ... Read More
Postal Service Announces New Rates
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Postal Service Announces New Rates

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) on October 9 filed notice for new postal rates for market-dominant products, which includes Marketing Mail and Periodicals. If approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) in the coming weeks, the new rates will take effect on January 26, 2020 ... Read More
Postal Rates Could Climb Significantly with New Rate-Setting Approach
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Postal Rates Could Climb Significantly with New Rate-Setting Approach

Publishers could see an extreme rise in their mailing costs in the next five years because of recently proposed changes to the current price structure for Marketing Mail and Periodicals ... Read More
Postage will go down for many newspapers next year
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Postage will go down for many newspapers next year

The U.S. Postal Service on October 12 proposed new rates for 2017 that will significantly decrease postage costs for many newspapers ... Read More
Postal Rates Going Down on April 10
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Postal Rates Going Down on April 10

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 ... Read More
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