Support for fulfilling NAFTA’s cross-border trucking issue with Mexico


Through the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the United States agreed to grant Mexican trucks access to U.S. highways starting in 2000. Although a pilot program was not started until 2007, it operated successfully until it was terminated by Congress in the FY2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill due to alleged safety and environmental concerns1. In response to the United States’ failure to adhere to the provisions of the NAFTA agreement, beginning in March 2009, the Mexican government imposed retaliatory tariffs on U.S. exports to Mexico. Since that time, U.S. exports into Mexico have faced additional tariffs of over $4 billion. These tariffs hurt our exports to Mexico, which in turn has cost us jobs in the U.S.

Mexican Trucking Position Statement

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