Canacar and Canacar Communica give insiders view into the Mexican trucking industry

CANACAR Executives with 2013 Prostar
CANACAR Mexico executives in front of a 2013 Navistar Pro Star painted for the upcoming Mexican Independence Day celebrations
The latest issue of CANACAR COMMUNICA is out and available for viewing online.

CANACAR COMMUNICA is very similar to our own OVERDRIVE magazine and is presented in a similar format.

Looking through the current and past issues, reveals some interesting facts and articles.

In the July issue for instance, CANACAR is tracking the progress of the Cross Border Demonstration program and confirms what we’ve stated before about the U.S. participants in the program.

“The SCT continues to maintain and allow the original 10 US carriers who participated in the previous cross border program, their permission to operate in Mexico”.

Indeed, the three remaining US carriers have made more than 2000 crossings into the interior of Mexico without incident nor complaints.

On page 17 of the same issue there is an article of a new government clinic recently opened in Leon Guanajuato, sanctioned by the SCT where drivers can go to get their medical and psychological examinations required under Mexican law for their Federal Licencia Federal de Conductor. The clinic also offers rehab services for those put out of service after failing a drug or alcohol test.

Now where did we hear that none of this exists in Mexico?

DOT Medical Exams in Mexico
Advertisement for full service government authorized medical facility for Mexican drivers to obtain their DOT and Psychological medical evaluations as required under Mexican law in order to obtain a Mexican Federal CDL.
We know that OOIDA will tell you such requirements don’t exist in Mexico, but this is proof to the contrary

Another very interesting and intriguing article is found on pages 32-33 from AMSIRIA which loosely translated is Mexican Association of Private Security Intelligence, similar to STRATFOR. The article is a map of potential dangerous areas in Mexico for truckers and bus drivers.

Now we’ve all been told that Mexico as a whole is a dangerous place and for that reason US truckers don’t want to go. Indeed, one of the favorite rants of the late Dale “Trucking Bozo” Sommers was In Mexico, you’ll lose your truck, your load and your life”. It’s also a mantra maintained by OOIDA and the Teamsters.

This map provided by AMSIRIA thoroughly debunks this image. This article concludes;

The hours that most of the robberies and assaults occur is between the hours of 0400 and 0600 when there is scant police presence on the streets and highways

A year or so back, both OOIDA and Teamsters was touting unconfirmed anonymous claims that 100,000 commercial vehicles had been hijacked or robbed during a years period. The article and map that AMSIRIA provides further debunks this claim. In the article, AMISIRIA points out;

“The majority of crimes against commercial vehicles occurs in metropolitan areas and the municipalities within the State of Mexico”

FYI, the State of Mexico is where the Federal District is located, similar to the District of Columbia (DC) being surround by the states of Maryland and Virginia.

As I continue to browse the CANACAR magazine it’s apparent that like Mexico Trucker Online, CANACAR is following and honestly reporting on the cross border program from it’s side of the border.

On page 9 of the August issue, CANACAR confirms what I’ve been reporting concerning U.S. carriers operating in Mexico under the previous cross border demonstration program.

The carriers continuing to operate are:

  • Stagecoach Cartage – El Paso, Texas
  • A&R Transport – Joiliet, Illinois
  • Plastic Express – City of Industry California

According to CANACAR, between September 2011 and May 2012, these three companies have made 1,570 trips into Mexico using 42 vehicles and 42 drivers.

That pretty much debunks the opponents claims that no US drivers will drive in Mexico.

Pages 12-14 is an excellent article reminding drivers of the mechanical requirements under Mexico’s transport laws and how to properly conduct a pre-trip inspection.

The main article in this issue that I found absorbing was on pages 18-19 describing the efforts between CANACAR and it’s members and the Federal Police (PFP) to establish and strengthen lines of communication between the parties. Not only does this benefit the Mexican truckers, but eventually, when the border is fully open and operational, U.S. truckers in Mexico will benefit from this enhanced cooperation.

Parts of the agreement between the Federal Police and representative of CANACAR is increased cooperation in the investigation of crimes against truckers, such as the 25 <gasp> incidents reported this year. Assignment by District of specific officers trained in the investigation of cargo related crimes and increased inspection and enforcement of trucks running overweight outside the limits of their permits.

There is a very good article on Diabetes, it’s prevention and treatment, a problem our brothers south of the border face as do we.


This issue proves kind of boring continuing on with a report on the cooperation between CANACAR and the Federal Police in reducing crime against truckers.

CANACAR and Mexico’s truckers are also concerned about the President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto and are sharing their concerns in an article insisting that transportation issues in Mexico must have a place in the incoming President’s agenda. How exactly similar is that to our concerns for the next four years and beyond in the United States.

Pages 44-45 we find an excellent article on high blood pressure it’s cause, effect and treatment for commercial drivers, a problem we as US truckers are faced with.

And interspersed throughout these issue are advertisements and photos, that even though most don’t want to take the time to learn a little Spanish, the illustrations are “language neutral”.

The overall point of this article is to show and educate people, that contrary to what you’ve been led to believe, Mexican truckers, the Mexican trucking industry and the people that make it happen are no different than we are in the United States or Canada.

At the end of the day, you can believe what you’re told to believe, or believe what you see and read with you own eyes and make your decision.

  • Keivan

    This is good stuff.  While OOIDA claims problems for American truck driver’s.  It seems that American truck drivers have gained more because of the program than thier Mexican counterparts.    Do you know if there is information concerning the type of cargo American trucks are transporting.  According to SAFER, Mexican cargo is confined to a general freight and a few refrigerated power units.  Also with the amount of miles driven, my guess is they aren’t deadheading back, so American drivers are taking advantage of return trip opportunities that woudn’t otherwise be available. 

    • Keivan There are no problems for American truckers as OOIDA, Teamsters and the bogus safety groups who align themselves with those organizations. Never have been, never will be. Were that to be the case, the same claims could be made against the Canadians.A lot if it is in my opinion, US truckers are scared they can’t compete against well maintained, well managed Mexican carriers.To answer you’r initial question though, go to the following link which will take you to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics  ( ) There is a wealth of information there including all of the NAFTA related data you could ever want.It is one of the reliable and truthful sources of information I use in my research.

    • Keivan Got to tell you also Keivan, Mexican also don’t conduct their business as we do. They don’t chase freight with brokers just to be driving a truck and trying to make a living.They haul under contract north, and generally, have a backhaul set up with the shipper or with another of their customers in Mexico. So when a US trucker says “they’re taking our freight”, that is total bullshit. It ain’t our freight until the shipper or received hires us to haul it. And most shippers or manufacturers will choose the carrier who provides the best service which is not necessarily the cheapest.

  • Keivan

    Thank you for the link.. It is an interesting site with a lot of information.  I don’t know if any of it will answer the question, of what kinds of goods American haulers are shipping into Mexico.  My question is too detailed for the information provided on that website.  That website will tell you the amounts per commodity that is either exported or imported from/into the US and by mode (air, truck, etc) but not by who the actual firm doing the transporting service.  It is interesting that there is are much more American trips into Mexico, you made a small typo in that there were 2,570 trips into Mexico by the three firms, and not 1,570 as mentioned in the article. Small typo but it shows that these three American firms are doing quite well.    On another note, I really enjoy your blog.  Its always nice when someone cites thier authorities.  I saw you got into a little battle on another forum with someone with “first hand” information.  Which is another way of saying “I am making this up as I go along.”