U.S. – Mexican Trucking Dispute Continues


Mexican trucks prepare to cross the border into the U.S last summer.

Today marks the first anniversary of an ongoing trade dispute with Mexico. The dispute began when Congress terminated funding for the U.S.-Mexico cross-border trucking pilot program in the FY2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act-a move which failed to meet U.S. commitments under NAFTA, and prompted Mexico to impose damaging retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agriculture and manufacturing goods.

“This dispute has been going on for far too long,” said Steve Foglesong, president, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. “It’s time for the Administration to take action before the critical relationship with our top trading partner is further compromised, putting agriculture exports and imports, and American jobs, at risk.”

Although Congress addressed the issue by removing the prohibition on the trucking program within FY10 appropriations, the Administration has yet to make progress with Mexico in removing the tariffs. Last summer, paid lip service to fixing the problem, and it looked as though the administration had completed a review of a proposed policy fix, but that plan has yet to be implemented. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates as many as 25,000.U.S. jobs could be lost as a result of the impasse.

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  1. […] trade issues such as the Columbia and Panamanian Free Trade Agreements and the U.S. Mexican trucking dispute have yet to be acted on and/or […]

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