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NFTC Submits Comments on DOT Proposal to Resolve U.S.-Mexico Cross-Border Trucking Issue
Date: 5/4/2011
Written By: Jennifer Cummings, The Fratelli Group for NFTC, (202) 822-9491

Washington, DC – In response to a request by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) today submitted comments in support of DOT’s proposal to initiate a “Pilot Program on NAFTA Long-Haul Trucking Provisions.” The NFTC believes that the proposal is a crucial step toward finally resolving the U.S.-Mexico cross-border trucking dispute.

In the comments submitted today, NFTC President Bill Reinsch wrote:

“The pilot program represents a critical step toward meeting the long-standing U.S. commitment to allow cross-border delivery of international cargo by Mexican-domiciled carriers from Mexico into the United States, access that is already provided to Canadian carriers. As a signatory of NAFTA, the United States is bound by the agreement’s articles which explicitly forbid the United States from favoring Canadian or domestic carriers over Mexican carriers…U.S. compliance with the agreement will help to restore trust in America’s international commitments. It will also help American farmers compete in the Mexican market. Mexico and the United States have agreed that upon the signing of an agreement on the Department of Transportation’s proposal, 50% of the retaliatory tariffs currently in place will be suspended. The remaining 50% of the added tariffs are to be suspended when the first Mexican carrier is authorized to operateunder the pilot program.

“We commend the effort of the Department to end this long-standing dispute with Mexico and empowerU.S. workers and farmers to become more globally competitive, including in the critical Mexico market. However, it is critical that this pilot lead quickly to a permanent solution to fully comply with U.S. NAFTA services commitments related to cross border long haul trucking. Doing so will restore the jobs lost by America’s farmers, workers and businesses as a result of this dispute, increase U.S. exports and enhance America’s position in a rules based global trading system.”

Click here to read the full text of the comments.


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