AVOMEX International newest participant in Cross Border Program

OOIDA immediately responds with unsupported allegations against the company.

In what has become a common practice with OOIDA, they have once again gone on the attack against a participant in the Cross Border Program, citing statistics not in existence to further their fear mongering about non existent safety issues.

The latest target of their attack is AVOMEX INTERNATIONAL SA de CV, an importer of avocados, and other agricultural products.

This is not the first time OOIDA has selected this company to spotlight with erroneous information. They were after them while the initial PASA’s were being performed.

OOIDA makes this claim.

OOIDA’s Director of Regulatory Affairs Rick Craig pointed out that in the 12-month period ending Sept. 21, 2007, Avomex’s five trucks at that time had amassed 206 total violations in 172 inspections. That averages out to just slightly more than 41 violations per truck.

From Sept. 22, 2007 through Jan. 22, 2008, Avomex received 71 more violations in 41 inspections – well on pace to top the 206 violations in the preceding 12-month period.

What is the actual numbers, the truth?

According to data available on the FMCSA SAFESTAT database, the same one OOIDA claims to have used to make their claims, AVOMEX recieved, in a 30 month period prior to 2/22/2008, 374 vehicle inspections, resulting in 43 Out of Service Orders. That breaks down to 12.43 inspections per month or roughly 2.5 inspections per vehicle. A more realistic number than the ones cited by OOIDA. The OOS rate for the 5 trucks over a two and a half year period was 1.43 per month.

The bulk of the OOS orders occurred in 2005 and 2006 with only 10 occurring in 2007 and to date, only 1. Keeping in mind that these occurred as this company was conducting business under OP-2 authority restricting them to the commercial zone of the border.

This means that of the 374 inspections, this company passed, 331 of them without problems.

And what were these dangerous and unsafe violations that got the trucks shut down 43 times, and in OOIDA’s opinion is why the program should be halted? Let’s take a look.


I can’t make a determination based on this data nor can OOIDA. Keep in mind this company pulls agricultural products and from what I am seeing, most of the trailers in the inspection reports are US registered and licensed while the power units are licensed in Mexico.

Also keep in mind, this is one of OOIDA’s little tricks they have been pulling since the program was announced. Each time Todd Spencer makes reference to a Mexican cross border truck, he wants you to believe that the participants in the Cross Border Program will use the same trucks they use in their drayage operations and this is simply not true.

And this is the proof. No conclusions should be made on any of these companies until sufficient program performance data is available from participation in the program.

But as the spokesman for FMCSA said before, “These are the types of tricks you pull when the facts are not on your side”!