A three-year U.S. pilot program allowing Mexican trucks full access to U.S. roads that was put in place to resolve a bilateral trade dispute is set to expire October 14, 2014.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is mandated under U.S. law to collect a statistically valid sample before it decides whether to permanently open up the U.S. market. The FMCSA is now in the process of reviewing this data from more than 5,000 truck and driver inspections.
The U.S. launched the pilot program in 2011, at which time Mexico removed retaliatory tariffs it had placed on certain U.S. fruits, vegetables and nuts shipped to Mexico. The tariffs ranged from 10 to 45 percent.
Mexico retains the right to re-impose these retaliatory tariffs if the U.S. does not comply with its NAFTA obligations which grant full access -- with certain provisions -- to Mexican carriers.
Western Growers has previously supported access as negotiated under NAFTA for Mexican carriers.
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