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Following on from announcements from Smiths News and News UK regarding delays to their carriage charge reviews, the NFRN has been in communication with Menzies Distribution to discuss its position.

As a result, Menzies Distribution has advised that it has not undertaken any review at present, and cannot commit to an actual date when this will take place.

Traditionally, Menzies announces any changes to its carriage charge template in mid February, for commencement at the start of April. Therefore, until further notice Menzies carriage charges remain unchanged.

NFRN National President Stuart Reddish said: “We appreciate that this is a hard decision for Menzies to take, but it is a good decision as it follows the same pattern as the other news wholesalers. We will continue to keep the dialogue going with Menzies and take every opportunity to encourage a long term freeze as a minimum.”

Last week, after representations from the NFRN, Smiths News announced that it was suspending its annual carriage charge review until 2022 and News UK’s Direct to Retail operation advised that it was further deferring its review until May 2021.

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