Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Just in from Washington

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.

AFBF news release

1 comment:

Nichole said...

But full implementation of the trucking provision has been delayed repeatedly due to opposition from the Teamsters Union and other U.S. critics who contend that Mexican trucks pose a safety hazard on U.S. highways and cost U.S. jobs.

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