Tariff’s are lifted as first Mexican carrier receives authority to operate in the United States

Transportes Olympic Apodaca Nuevo Leon
Two of the trucks owned by Transportes Olympics of Apodaca Nuevo Leon, the first Mexican carrier once again, to be granted provisional authority to operate in the US under the Mexico Cross Border Pilot Program

What can only be described as a resounding success in our efforts to see the United States come into compliance with it obligations under the NAFTA accords, the remaining 50 percent of the $2.4 billion regulatory tariffs imposed by Mexico in 2009 will now be lifted.

The tariff’s, imposed after the Obama Administration signed a funding bill in 2009 that shut down the previous demonstration program which in it’s 18 months was highly successful, have cost American workers more than 25,000 jobs and 14% market share in the agricultural sector.

[pullquote]This is a big win for American farmers and consumers, who will no longer have to struggle with onerous tariffs imposed by Mexico,”, noting that U.S. farmers of apples, grapes, pears, potatoes, pork, Christmas trees and other products would now be able to compete on equal footing and increase American exports. – Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood[/pullquote]

Transportes Olympic national fleet
The Transportes Olympics is not a small fleet despite only offering 2 trucks for inclusion into the Cross Border Pilot Program

Transportes Olympics, despite frivolous objections by OOIDA, Teamsters and others is once again, the first carrier to receive provisional authority under the new pilot program. In a phone call this morning to the companies headquarters in Apodaca, Nuevo Leon, a suburb of Monterrey, a spokesman for Transportes Olympic told MTO that they would have trucks crossing the border within a week. Senior driver Luis Gonzalez is likely to once again be the standard bearer for the company.

Transportes Olympics owner Fernando Paez, also owns two US domiciled trucking companies. Fernando Paez Transport and Olympic Transport of McAllen Texas.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement this morning,
“This is a big win for American farmers and consumers, who will no longer have to struggle with onerous tariffs imposed by Mexico,”, noting that U.S. farmers of apples, grapes, pears, potatoes, pork, Christmas trees and other products would now be able to compete on equal footing and increase American exports.

Interestingly enough, Secretary LaHood announced yesterday that he would not be serving as Transportation Secretary after 2012.

Congratulation to Sr. Paez and all the others who have successfully overcome the hurdles thrown at them by opponents of cross border trucking and their lackies in Congress to once again successfully obtain the operating authority they have so long been denied.
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