Administration Should Move Faster on Mexican Trucks

By August 5, 2009Infrastructure, Trade

Reuters, “US business frustrated with Obama on Mexico trucks

WASHINGTON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – U.S. business groups are growing increasingly frustrated with President Barack Obama’s failure to resolve a cross-border trucking dispute with Mexico they say has threatened thousands of American jobs.

“We’ve got companies that are really concerned,” said Frank Vargo, vice president for international economic affairs at the National Association of Manufacturers.

“Our calculation is that we’ve got 15,000 jobs at risk and the longer this goes on, the more likely it is that Mexican buyers are shifting suppliers,” Vargo said.

An earlier Washington Times story notes the plan containing guidelines on getting Mexican trucks back on U.S. highways “has gone through bureaucratic review, the first step toward ending Mexican tariffs on $2.4 billion worth of U.S. goods.”  


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