Put U.S.-Mexican Cross-Border Trucking Program in Place

By April 21, 2011Trade

The San Antonio Express editorializes, “Swift action needed on NAFTA trucking deal,” emphasizing the economic costs of delays, that is, Mexico’s continued imposition of tariffs on U.S. manufactured goods and agricultural exports.

During its brief existence, the test program put to rest environmental and safety concerns about authorized Mexican trucks. Mexican truckers in the program actually had a better safety record than their American counterparts.

Mexico has agreed to drop half the tariffs when a test program is finalized. The remaining tariffs would be eliminated when trucks begin to roll.

Removing the tariffs will benefit U.S. exporters. Implementing the trucking provision will benefit U.S. consumers and holds the promise of making San Antonio a transportation hub for cross-border trade.

End this self destructive trade war. After 16 years, it’s time for the United States to live up to its NAFTA commitment.

Bill Graves, president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, recently issued a statement lauding the agreement.

The American Trucking Associations welcomes the progress that the United States and Mexico are making to resolve their ongoing dispute over cross-border trucking. This proposal requires Mexican carriers to follow all the same rules and regulations that their American counterparts are subject to and takes steps to monitor Mexican trucks to ensure that those rules are being followed.

ATA expressed concerns to DOT about the U.S. government’s earlier proposal to pay for and provide electronic onboard recorders to Mexican trucks participating in a proposed pilot program. DOT has changed this specific requirement to allow for GPS systems to also be used for tracking purposes to ensure compliance with U.S. cabotage and hours of service regulations. We believe this is a sound change by the administration.

This announcement is good news for the U.S. businesses that have been hurt by Mexico’s retaliatory tariffs, including the trucking industry, and we look forward to the U.S. finally living up to its commitments under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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