The U.S. proposed reopening its highways to Mexican trucks under a pilot program to meet a trade-agreement requirement.
As part of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the U.S. agreed to allow Mexican trucks unrestricted access to deliver goods in the U.S., a pledge it never fully honored after safety advocates and union officials said Mexico’s trucks and drivers didn’t meet U.S. standards. The U.S. canceled its previous Mexican trucking program in 2009, leading Mexico to impose tariffs on U.S. products.
President Barack Obama’s “administration will continue to work with Congress and other stakeholders to put safety first,” the U.S. Transportation Department said in a statement today. “As specifics of the program are developed, the administration will continue to ensure that the program delivers job growth and economic opportunities here at home.”
Mexico, beginning in March 2009, has imposed import tariffs on a rotating list of 99 U.S. products valued at about $2.5 billion. Products subject to the levy may include rice, beef, soy sauce and sunglasses.
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