United States and Mexico Trucks To Start Cross Border Program The Same Time

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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters announced Monday, April 30, that U.S. trucks will begin operating in Mexico for the first time ever, starting at the same time Mexican trucks begin operating north of the commercial border zone in the United States. Peters said the improvements to the demonstration program are a result of recent conversations with the Mexican government and Congress.

“We are working to give American truckers an unprecedented opportunity to compete in a substantial new market,” Peters said. “This announcement puts the program on track to lower costs for U.S. consumers, make our economy more competitive and give U.S. truckers new business opportunities.”

In February, the Department of Transportation announced a yearlong demonstration program to expand cross-border trucking operations with Mexico. The program is designed to eliminate the current cumbersome system of moving freight across the border, and replace it with a more efficient cross-border trucking process.

The program, which will involve up to 100 trucking companies from each side, is the latest attempt by the Bush administration to resolve the long-running dispute over Mexican trucks in the United States. Under the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, the United States was required to lift its ban on Mexican trucks, but the government delayed implementing that part of the agreement. Currently, Mexican trucks are allowed to enter a restricted zone in the United States, near the Mexican border, where they have to unload their cargo. It then is picked up by U.S. trucks.

source: etrucker
 
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