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U.S./Mexico Trucking Deal Signed

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susan_harr6 years ago

The U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood signed a deal Wednesday (July 6, 2011) which will allow U.S. truckers to transport goods deep into Mexico. Mexican drivers will also be allowed to make long-haul runs into the United States as long as they follow U.S. safety regulations. Proponents claim this will open up trade and stimulate the economies of both countries.

The Deal

  • The U.S. will drop their barriers for a trial period of three years.
  • Mexico will eliminate tariffs on $2.3 billion of American goods and agricultural products as soon as the first Mexican truck obtains a permit and is allowed to enter the United States.
  • As a preliminary step, the tariffs will be reduced 50 percent by the end of this week.


Opponents like the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) say this new law would jeopardize the safety of American drivers, and cost the public millions in taxes to ensure Mexican drivers meet U.S. safety standards. They maintain the deal will do more harm than good, for the following reasons:

  • The cost to federal taxpayers of ensuring Mexican truck safety was more than $500 million as of March 2008.
  • According to OOIDA, this is disproportionate to the amount of money saved by importers who have been able to take advantage of long-haul trucking authority.
  • The average Mexican trucker is paid a third of U.S. drivers which could mean a loss of a business for U.S. truckers.
  • Trade with Mexico is already on the rise- surface transportation with Mexico was $32.1 billion in 2010 and rose 15.3% in March 2011.
History of U.S./Mexico Trucking Legislation
  • 1994- North American Free Trade Agreement allowed Mexican trucks to carry shipments across the border to a final destination.
  • 1995- The Clinton administration closed the southern gates, citing concerns about safety.
  • 2001- Mexico won a ruling allowing it to impose retaliatory tariffs.
  • 2007- Agreement on a similar pilot program was reached with the Bush administration.
  • 2009- Congress cut off the financing, and Mexico responded with tariffs.
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