Pilot Trucking Program Between the U.S. and Mexico Begins
Washington--A pilot program that allows Mexican trucks to move freight into the U.S. beyond a 25-mile buffer zone and ship products directly to locations in the U.S. began earlier in October. Two Mexican companies are currently authorized to bring products into the U.S. and 10 others are seeking certification from the U.S. to participate.
Under the terms of a trucking agreement signed by the U.S. and Mexico, $2 billion in tariffs on 99 U.S. products including Christmas trees, apples, oranges, juice concentrates and onions were eliminated, paving the way for the program. Mexico had imposed duties ranging from 5 percent to 25 percent on processed U.S. agricultural products, in retaliation for the U.S. not dropping a ban on Mexican trucks as required under the North American Free Trade Agreement.
U.S. and Mexican officials signed a memorandum in July, bringing an end to the long-running dispute over Mexican truck access north of the border.