More on the U.S.-Mexican Truck Dispute, Retaliatory Tariffs

By March 10, 2010Trade

A lot of news coverage of the U.S.-Mexican truck issue a year after Mexico imposed retaliatory tariffs against U.S. farm and manufactured goods:

The Journal piece is based on the Q&A from U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk after his speech at the National Press Club Tuesday:

WASHINGTON—The Obama Administration’s top trade negotiator said the U.S. was working quickly to resolve a damaging trade spat with Mexico, one of several obstacles to the president’s goal of doubling U.S. exports within five years. 

“We understand the sense of urgency,” said U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk after a speech at the National Press Club.

It has been one year since Mexico imposed the retaliatory tariffs, so somewhere along the line that sense of urgency has been lost.

Ambassador Kirk’s prepared remarks did not add anything to his testimony last week on the Administration’s trade agenda, but that’s understandable. President Obama speaks at the Export-Import Bank’s annual conference on Thursday, and you wouldn’t want to overforeshadow your boss.

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