Trucking Agreement Opens doors for Mexican Trade
Washington--President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon have reached an agreement to resolve the dispute over cross-border trucking.
Half of the $2.4 billion in Mexican retaliatory tariffs are to be lifted as soon as the agreement is finalized. The remainder of the tariffs will be lifted when the necessary safety tests are completed and the first Mexican truck rolls across the
AFBF president Bob Stallman said it is important for trading partners to know that the
Opponents of the NAFTA trucking provision claim there are safety issues with Mexican trucks, but available data, including data collected as part of the pilot program, demonstrate the safety of Mexican trucks, which must meet
“I have no doubt the data generated under the new agreement will show that Mexican trucks are safe,” said NPPC president Sam Carney. “It is imperative that Congress support this agreement. Any attempt to stop or otherwise undermine the agreement will invite
“Mexico is our third-largest agricultural export market. Our farm and ranch exports to Mexico have, however, been hampered by this dispute and the retaliatory tariffs. The impact has touched a wide range of farm products from every state. Our competitors are filling the gap. This is not in our economic best interests. One of the straightest roads to economic growth and job creation in the U.S. is for members of Congress to get behind the agreement announced today, and we urge them to do so."