Category: NAFTA

OOIDA cites bogus crash rates in letter opposing long-haul trucks from Mexico

After a coalition of more than 100 trade associations urged U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to keep trucking provisions allowing long-haul trucks from Mexico in a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association sent a letter to Lighthizer with a counterargument: NAFTA’s Mexican long-haul truck program was a failure and needs

“Hey! That’s not your freight!” Really? It’s not yours either!

Freelance writer makes ridiculous assumptions about Mexican trucks and Cabotage rules I couldn’t resist responding to this ridiculous article that appeared recently in “TANDEM THOUGHTS”, the official OODA blog. “Hey! That’s not your freight”….. Really? Then whose is it? Written by John Bendel a Land Line freelancer, it makes the erroneous assumption that Mexican trucks

TEAMSTERS & OOIDA focus on “Unsafe Trucks” Crossing border in NAFTA negotiations is a “False Narrative”

Opponents of Mexican Trucks pushing 10 year old debunked claims In the fourth round of NAFTA 2.0 negotiations in Washington D.C. the issue of cross border trucking was brought forward for the first time. James Hoffa, Teamsters’ president, doesn’t want anyone to forget the safety of trucks operating on American and Canadian roads. In an

US Trade Representative releases objectives towards NAFTA 2.0

On Monday, U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer announced the Administration’s intention to renegotiate NAFTA which has been in effect for 25 years. Since Lighthizer notified Congress of the renegotiation, USTR has been conducting extensive consultations with Congress, stakeholders, and the public at large. President Trump is listening. The Trump Administration has held dozens of

Canadians reveal their “Wish List” for negotiation of NAFTA 2.0

The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA)has officially submitted comments on cross-border trade to Global Affairs Canada, as governments of the United States, Canada and yes, Mexico,  prepare to renegotiate aspects of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The association’s submission covers 11 related areas of interest including in-transit truck moves, cargo pre-clearance, government investment at ports of

OOIDA Responds to latest losses in the 5th & 9th Court of Appeals

A week after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals tossed out the Teamsters and OOIDA’s latest baseless and frivolous lawsuits, OOIDA has issued a non-responsive response on their website landlinemag.com Sandi Soendker, Land Line editor-in-chief, to her credit, wrote, without embellishment the following: A federal court has ruled in favor of the U.S. Department of

9th Circuit Court of Appeals DENIES OOIDA/Teamsters frivolous lawsuit against Mexican trucks, AGAIN

Once again, a federal court has taken the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and OOIDA to task for trying to shut down Mexican trucking in the United States by denying their Petition for Review. Judge Wardlow, writing for the majority, got the essence of the petitioners bogus claims correct. It wasn’t about safety, but fear of

CANACAR calls for more sanctions against US carriers – United States still not in compliance with obligations

CANACAR said today, what is obvious, that the agreement allowing access to Mexican trucks is not reciprocal to the access granted U.S. carriers to Mexico, does not provide fair treatment to Mexican carriers and as such, is urging the Mexican government to put in place once again, the retaliatory tariffs that were triggered in 2009,

United States to Expand Trade Opportunities with Mexico through Safe Cross-Border Trucking

January 9, 2015 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation announced today that Mexican motor carriers will soon be able to apply for authority to conduct long-haul, cross-border trucking services in the United States, increasing economic and export opportunities between the two countries, and marking a significant milestone in implementation of the North American Free

Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico concludes – Participants granted Standard Operating Authority by FMCSA

In a surprising but not unanticipated move, the FMCSA granted the 13 Mexican motor carriers who participated recently concluded Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico Standard Operating Authority meaning they can continue to conduct business in the United States beyond the commercial zones as they have been doing for the past 36 months. And as

Supreme Court Denies OOIDA petition to stop Mexican Cross Border Pilot Program

The U.S. Supreme Court denied the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) latest attempt to shut down the successful Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico. OOIDA contended that a federal appeals court erred when it said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration could exempt Mexican and Canadian drivers from U.S. medical certification requirements. Last year

20 Years after signing of NAFTA, United States still refuses to comply with trucking provisions

20 years after Mexico, Canada and the United States signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the folly of the United States failure to fully comply with the trucking provisions of NAFTA as they apply to Mexico is increasing tensions between the two countries. A few days ago, the consulting firm Standard & Poor’s released a study

CANACAR Arbitration action still valid despite claims of some in the media to the contrary

Since we reported in February that the Mexican trucking association known as Camara Nacional del Autotransporte de Carga (CANACAR) had brought back to the negotiating table, its 2009 demand for arbitration, various media outlets have made the claim that no such demand exists. They are incorrect. OVERDRIVEONLINE has a provocative headline that say “US says no suit

Teamsters Prez James Hoffa admits Mexican truckers aren’t joking around!

We haven’t heard much out of Teamsters President James Hoffa since the DC Court Appeals threw out the Teamsters and OOIDA’s bogus and frivolous lawsuit pertaining to the Mexican truck issue, but apparently, his silence has been broken, In an article published today in the Huffington Post, Hoffa rants about the recent decision by Mexicos

CANACAR says “Ya Basta!” Starts arbitration against United States for failure to comply with NAFTA Trucking provisions

  Mexico’s CANACAR transport association has commenced an arbitration action against the US, seeking $30 billion in compensation for Washington’s refusal to fully open the border to Mexican trucks, as required by the North American Free Trade Agreement more than 20 years ago. Canacar director Jose Refugio Muñoz Lopez said in an interview from Mexico