Has Rep. Peter DeFazio once again been bought by OOIDA?

After a three year hiatus where we heard nothing from Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Or) about the Cross Border Pilot Program, despite being one of it’s most outspoken critics at the behest of his handlers at Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), it appears he is back in the fold spouting the party line in opposition of Mexican trucks in the United States. According to this…

Safe, fully inspected Mexican trucks such as this one would be allowed access to US

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 anticipated, upon conclusion of the Pilot Program, the two organizations…

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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 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia…

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 on the benefits that NAFTA has had on Mexico which…

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CANACAR prepares to demand compensation for US Non-Compliance with NAFTA Trucking Provisions

Interesting, but not unsurprising news coming out of Mexico this week as T21mx, an industry trade magazine is reporting that CANACAR is vigorously pursuing ratification of it’s 2009 arbitration action against the United States for it’s willful non compliance with the trucking provisions of NAFTA. The lawsuit seeks compensation for all Mexican carriers who have been damaged economically by the United States refusal to fully…

Teamsters & Sierra Club ask D.C. Court of Appeals for “En Banc” hearing on failed Mexican truck lawsuit

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters along with the Sierra Club today asked for a “En Banc” hearing on its challenge to the Department of Transportation’s cross-border trucking program with Mexico. An “En Banc” hearing is a request for a hearing before the full Court. A three judge panel in April denied the Teamsters and OOIDA’s petition for review, denying all 13 issues raised as not…

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DC Appeals Court “Green Lights” Cross Border Pilot Program – Opponents respond with lies and misinformation

This morning, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals gave opponents of Cross Border Trucking yet another devastating yet unsurprising loss in their efforts to prevent Mexican trucks from operating in the United States. Not all Mexican trucks of which there are thousands with legal authority to operate, but a select few enrolled in the Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico. The Court ruled against theOwner…

New U.S.-Mexico Truck Cargo Agreement soon to be unveiled

2014 will be the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and love it or hate it, what a ride it’s been, and the next 20 years will be even better. At the opening of the NAFTA 2.0 conference held in San Antonio this past week to commemorate 20 years since the signing of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), San Antonio…

Protectionism vs. Common Sense as Florida growers push for a trade war with Mexico

Election year politics and good old fashioned protectionism is at the heart of a move that could cost thousands of jobs in the United States and Mexico and force consumers to pay 3 to 4 times what they’re paying now for a pound of tomatoes. Ignoring  warnings that it could ignite a trade war, the Obama administration last week said it planned to change its tomato-trading…

EDITORIAL – Don’t start a trade war with Mexico, again!

Express-News Editorial Board The United States is still recovering from the self-inflicted economic wounds of one unnecessary trade war with Mexico. Now is not the time to start another tiff with the nation’s third-largest trading partner and its second-largest export market. A year ago, the Obama administration restarted a long-delayed test program of a cross-border trucking provision of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The…

FMCSA data released shows Mexican carriers and drivers have superior safety statistics

Data released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration last month suggests that Mexican carriers and drivers still maintain a significant lead in safety over their US and Canadian counterparts. According to Jill Dunn, writing for E-Trucker The out-of-service rate for drivers of Mexican-domiciled CMVs inspected at the border during 2010 was just more than 1 percent and the OOS rate for vehicles nearly 17…

U.S. should keep Mexican tomato agreement and ignore election year demands from Florida growers

Some groups never tire of seeking protection. One special interest with its hand perpetually out is the group led by Florida tomato growers. For decades they have been trying to stop tomatoes from Mexico from competing with them in the U.S. market. Never mind that Mexican tomatoes, because they are ripened in the field or in a greenhouse, have improved flavor and aroma over the…

Mexico’s President Elect Enrique Pena Nieto speaks on Mexico’s next chapter

More political rhetoric? Pandering to his detractors or simply an honest assessment of his goals as Mexico’s next President? Mexico’s President elect, Enrique Pena Nieto submitted this op-ed piece to the New York Times this morning. On Sunday, Mexicans turned out in large numbers to vote for change — a change in priorities and approach, and a generational change focused on can-do governing. I am…

President Obama and G-20 leaders meet in Los Cabos for two days of talks

Mexico’s strengthening economy underlies the glossy veneer on display as President Felipe Calderón hosts the Group of 20 leaders of major industrialized and emerging economies at the luxury beach resort of Los Cabos Mexico on Monday and Tuesday. The G-20 is meant to serve as the premier voice of economic coordination, representing not just traditional powers but emerging economies. Its members are Argentina, Australia, Brazil,…

Stop the Madness: A Public Thank You For Correcting a Broken Trucking Promise

By Cheryl Koompin – American Falls, Idaho Amid all the partisan fights in Washington over budgets and debt ceilings, the Obama administration quietly solved a $2-billion problem earlier this month. On July 6, the United States signed an agreement with Mexico that ends a vexing dispute over trade and trucks. It wipes out Mexican tariffs that have hurt potato farmers like me as well as…

National Call to Action – Mexican Cross Border Trucking Proposal

Time for readers and other interested parties to call their assorted Senators and Congress critters and ask them to support the proposed Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico which would bring the United States into compliance with it’s international obligations under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The legal retaliatory tariff’s Mexico but on 99 US export products has cost more than 25,000 Americans…

Opponents of Cross Border Trucking turn to recognized “hate groups” for support.

“We’re as close as you can be,” Mexican Economy Minister Bruno Ferrari  said yesterday, confirming that  his country is preparing to sign the formal Cross Border Trucking agreement to end the trucking dispute with the U.S. as early as this month, setting the stage for the country to remove the punitive tariffs that have cost 25,000 or more US jobs and market share. Opponents of the…