US business associations request to preserve trucking provisions under NAFTA
More than 100 associations and councils related to retail, agriculture and transportation activities send a letter (PDF) to the U.S. Trade Representative office asking to preserve trucking provisions amid the new round of negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
“We depend on efficient border crossings to remain competitive,” the letter stated. “Increasing trade in both directions is putting more and more pressure on our southern border land ports. Permitting Mexican carriers to haul freight beyond the border zones will help alleviate some of the congestion at the border, creating more efficiency through the system.”
The document responds to a proposal by the U.S. that seeks to eliminate provisions that allow Mexican trucks to move more easily into and out of the United States. The letter also calls for reverting rules established by Congress, which would likely be more restrictive on Mexican trucks.
“We depend on the trucking industry, both American and Mexican, to safely and efficiently haul our products in both countries,” the groups said in the letter (PDF).
The letter, which was signed by groups including the American Farm Bureau, the Retail Industry Leaders Association, North American Shippers Association, and The Toy Association, said that Mexican trucks do not actually compete with American trucks.
“In fact, they often work in tandem with their U.S. motor carrier partners. Currently, it is a small, but important way of making sure our industries and North America remain competitive in the world market,” the letter says.