“This pilot project is a long overdue step toward reducing congestion and air pollution at the U.S.-Mexico border while promoting growth and jobs,” said Chamber President Tom Donohue.
The cross-border trucking system is archaic and convoluted, according to the Chamber. A shipment traveling between the two countries requires at least three trucks and three drivers – a U.S. carrier, a Mexican carrier, and a middleman between the two.
“We have no credibility calling on other countries to meet their obligations under trade agreements if we refuse to keep our own,” said Donohue. “The United States promised under NAFTA to open its border to Mexican trucks — with full reciprocity for U.S. carriers — and it’s time we kept our word.”
Under NAFTA, trade with Mexico has quadrupled – from $81 billion in 1993 to $332 billion in 2006 – according to the Chamber. Trucking is vital to this trade partnership since trucks move more than 80% of the value of our trade with Mexico.
“Under the safety inspection plan, each and every truck will be inspected to ensure that both the drivers and their vehicles are safe to make deliveries in the United States,” added Donohue. “U.S. agents will also interview the drivers to make sure they can read and speak English. There should be no questions about safety.”
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