Cross Border Agreement signed. OOIDA already in Court – Higher Tariffs possible as a result

It didn’t take long after today’s announcement of the official signing of the Cross Border Pilot Program agreement in Mexico City for opponents to come out swinging with the lies, fear mongering and preying on the ignorance of those too apathetic to look for the truth for themselves. And as expected, OOIDA is headed to court. In a “Special Report” senior editor Jami Jones writes:…

Amidst the hysteria of OOIDA, in reality, it’s much ado about nothing

As resolution to the longstanding stalemate over allowing Mexican trucks access to our highways, as we agreed to do almost 20 years ago, is weeks, if not days away, OOIDA has issued another of their silly little “Calls to Action” exhorting it’s diminishing membership to call and annoy their Representatives about this inconsequential issue. The continued opposition by Teamsters, OOIDA and their allies continues to…

Guest Editorial – Mexico trucking issue hits home for U.S. agriculture

By Nelson Balido President Border Trade Alliance The Border Trade Alliance earlier this month expressed its optimism that a framework announced by President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderón for setting the trucking issue was a real step in the right direction. If all this sounds familiar, it’s because the dispute over trucking dates back to the Clinton administration, when bogus claims over truck safety and…

Friday Rants and other nonsense about Mexican trucks

Anybody have the chance to listen to Landlinenow on Friday when senior editor Terry Scrotum got his panties in a bunch over the upcoming renewal of the Mexican truck program? It was good for a chuckle or two, especially Terry’s feigned indignation.   At issue was a recent comment by Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood regarding the Mexican truck program. Secretary LaHood stated: “We’re working…

Mexico agrees to stop “rotation” of tariff’s but will not lift them until agreement is reached

MEXICO CITY – Mexico will maintain punitive tariffs on 99 U.S. products but will not add any more goods or change the list pending negotiations over a new program to allow Mexican cargo trucks on U.S. roads, the government announced Monday. Economy Secretary Bruno Ferrari said the move is a show of goodwill as the two countries begin discussing an initiative the U.S. presented last…

Revised Mexican tariff’s released today in response to US failure to resolve trucking dispute

Mexico released the list of revised tariffs today is response to the Obama Administrations continued refusal to comply with our obligations under the North American Free Trade Agreement. The biggest impact comes in new agricultural and processed food products. The Mexican government imposed tariffs of 10-20 percent on products like chocolate, ketchup, chewing gum and cheese — all products of the manufacturing sector, made in…

Resolution to Mexican Truck issue “very close” according to LaHood

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood Thursday told a Senate subcommittee than the Obama administration’s intention was to restart the Cross Border Demonstration Project with Mexico and that a new proposal would be presented to senators “very soon” and that it was even “very close.” Two months ago, LaHood told the same panel that a new proposal was “very near.” LaHood’s comments Thursday came during questioning…

Resolution to Mexican Truck issue may be near

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said this morning that the DOT was close to coming up with a proposal to allow Mexican trucks access to the United States, under the rules of NAFTA. LaHood was testifying at a hearing about the 2011 DOT budget before the Senate Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development. Responding to a question by subcommittee Chairman Sen. Patty Murray,…

Discussions to open border to Mexican trucks brings same old tired information from same tired sources.

The Obama administration has taken the first step toward renewing a pilot program that allows Mexican?truckers to operate within the U.S., as stipulated in the North American Free Trade Agreement, but still must work with Congress on fashioning a new program, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said Tuesday. U.S.Trade Representative Ron Kirk told a news conference in Mexico last week that the Obama administration had…

U.S., Canada, Mexico making progress on trade problems

Canada’s trade minister said Monday that some progress is being made on a nagging trade issue with the United States, while U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said a tangled dispute with Mexico over cross-border trucking and California Christmas trees might resolve itself next year. Welcoming Cabinet-level Mexican and Canadian trade officials to the city where he served as mayor, Kirk said language that removed funding…