Agreement Signed on Mexican Trucks

By July 6, 2011Trade

The U.S. and Mexican governments have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on a new cross-border trucking program that will bring the United States into compliance with our NAFTA commitments. This is good news – if long overdue – for manufacturers in America.

For over 30 months, U.S. manufacturers have faced billions in retaliatory tariffs on hundreds of products they ship into Mexico as a result of our ban on Mexican trucks. Now with this MOU, those tariffs will be cut in half – and will be suspended completely once the first truck is certified under the new program.

The NAM strongly believes that all countries need to uphold their international obligations, and that includes commitments made by the United States.  We need to press other countries hard to live up to their agreements, but we cannot expect them to comply if we don’t. Resolution of the trucking dispute and removal of retaliatory tariffs is a very positive development.

Doug Goudie is director of international trade policy, National Association of Manufacturers.


Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • Betti says:

    Yours is a clever way of thnkiing about it.

  • Robert Hughes says:

    Mr. Goudie you are a fool. The only benefactors of this tragic agreement are U.S. manufacturers. I am a truck driver, and you couldn’t pay me enough to take a load of freight into Mexico. No job is worth risking your life. But U.S manufacturers, trucking company managers, Mr. Goudie and free traders of all persuasions could care less about a working man’s safety. Then there is the other side of the problem with Mexican drivers trying to find their way around in the U.S. when they can’t read or in most cases even speak English. I hope that retaliation by U.S. truckers is swift and sure.

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