The very first Mexican truck is set to enter the United States seventeen years after a provision in the North American Free Trade Agreement allowed cargo carriers from the south to carry freight across the border. The provision has faced stiff opposition from lawmakers and union officials alike, with the latest hurdle coming from the Obama Administration. In early 2009, the administration canceled a pilot program that would have had Mexican drivers making deliveries on a trial basis that year. Mexico responded with hefty tariffs on a range of 99 agricultural products worth around $2 billion annually.

Since then, President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon have agreed on an inspection and monitoring program for companies intending to operate inside the States. Mexico cut its tariffs in half as a result, and promises to do away with the rest once the first trucks leave the border zone.

Opposition still remains, however. U.S. Representatives Duncan Hunter (R, Calif.) and Bob Filner (D, Calif.) have said they will make a stand at the border in opposition to the program. The two politicians will be joined by Teamsters union President James Hoffa and Todd Spencer, who operates the Independent Drivers Association.

Meanwhile, the long-haul truck operated by Transportes Olympic is scheduled to cross the border at Laredo, Texas, before traveling 450 miles north to Garland Texas. Transportes Olympic says that, by not having to stop, unload goods and reload them on American trucks, the company will be able to save its customers around 15 percent on shipping costs.


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      srphoenix
      • 3 Years Ago
      Any chance Mexico decides to start building R34 Skylines and sending those to the U.S.? Mexicans and Americans would stand hand in hand doing 4-wheel drifts and burnouts.
      Fazzster
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just another step in the dismantling of U.S. sovereignty...
        RJC
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Fazzster
        In the name of the few, wanting to make even more money.
        Soccer Mom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Fazzster
        ... by letting the Mexican king to rule Texas?
      Ward W Bond
      • 3 Years Ago
      I live in Texas. Mexican trucks travel across the border daily. First truck to cross? Really? How old is this story? Not to mention all of the cars that cross with Mexican plates that never go back home. Our state is starting to look like a European country with all the funny looking cars that no one can service. One doesn't need to run across the border here, just drive across like the rest of them. Yes, we have a hole in our border big enough to drive a truck through.
        RJC
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ward W Bond
        Your state could use a little looking like a European country, and have some very cool cars while at it.
        Peter
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ward W Bond
        mmmmmh, I think you have it backwards, Mexicans that cross the border to stay in the US do it without cars, the one with cars, only go for shopping, and without them cities like Laredo, Mcallen, Brownsville, etc.. cannot survive, just ask them how they fare in 95 with mexican economic crisis. If some place is full of "funny cars" that no one can service is the mexican side with old junk used american cars. The trucks you see in the american border with mexican plates are called "transfer trucks" and as they only do the crossing of the load, they use old trucks not fit enough to do a long trip (US companies do the same to cross to the mexican border).
        John
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ward W Bond
        Ward W Bond, I also live in Texas. Perhaps you should do what I did: ask a trucking company in the USA and ask at the border. They can cross into the U.S. where Mexican trucks move their contents into U.S. carriers. I travel across the border twice a month and drive through many Texas and Mexican border cities. Where are you seeing the 'funny looking cars" and why are they a problem to you?
      Alex
      • 3 Years Ago
      As long as it will save me (as a consumer) $$$ and will make the union parasites angry - it's ok in my book. As for "OMG, amricans are losing teh jerbs!!!11" - I see nothing wrong with giving the jobs to people who will still gladly work for cheaper salary instead of overpaying the lazy "USA citizens" most of whom only need their high-paying salaries to pay for their shopping and leasing/renting/financing "addictions" (people who live well above the level they can actually sustain paying for in the long term) and who would gladly leach off off various government-sponsored programs instead of finding another, slightly lower-paying job position.
        carnut0913
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alex
        Well, since the US has a higher standard of living, it also has a higher cost of living. Because of those things, there is a wage differential. That, combined with governments keeping the value of their currency artifically low, are the driving factors in why Mexican and Chinese labor costs less than US. Why artificially lower the valuation of their coinage? to offset the shipping costs and tarriffs of sending product to the US. I'm not a fan of unions either, but I am a fan of supporting the US economy- even if it costs a little more. Lowering the trade deficit by buying US goods will ultimately pay off, and cost you less, as it increases the strength of our economy, and the valuation of our dollar. At the end of the day, do you want to say that you use your dollar to support the perpetuation of third world living conditions- or that you want to support the US economy and the strength of our nation. And I'll question your "lazy US citizens" remark when the US consistently tops the charts for ave hours in a work week, over all other developed nations that can report in.
          stanleet1991
          • 3 Years Ago
          @carnut0913
          This is not really understanding the benefits of trade. One important consequence of all trade theory is that the aggregate benefit as consumers we get from this trade will necessarily be greater than the welfare loss of domestic US producers of trucks. Furthermore, this will not "perpetuate" third world living conditions, but rather improve their standard of living as well. Regarding safety concerns, I assume these will be subject to the same standards as all cars sold in the United States, and this has never been an issue for all the cars we import from all over the world. This is really pretty hypocritical response by the US. We can't reap the benefits of NAFTA, then attempt to back out once the interests of some of our workers are threatened. All the products we have been exporting have been hurting the job security of some of their workers, and this is no different. And if Mexico continues to respond to our ridiculous protectionism with their own protectionism, I'm afraid trade will stop again and we will all lose.
      emperor koku
      • 3 Years Ago
      This must be confusing for conservatives. "I hate Obama, unions, AND Mexicans, especially when they come into my country!"
        caddy-v
        • 3 Years Ago
        @emperor koku
        It was Clinton that signed Nafta and it sounds more and more like he hates Obama too.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @caddy-v
          [blocked]
        50merc
        • 3 Years Ago
        @emperor koku
        I agree on the unions and obama but take it easy on the Mexicans. unless you want to start working harder!!!
      AZ Dem
      • 3 Years Ago
      This whole issue is ridiculous. Mexican drivers should be able to deliver here, and American drivers should be able to delivery there. Companies should be able to operate on both sides of the border, and Teamsters should also be able to unionize on both sides.
      Noz
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is all we needed....more ways for fking illegals to come across the border and more crap from Mexico to lower our standard of living here in the US.... This place is going downhill...fast.
        mikey683
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Noz
        Noz they'd be truck drivers doing a job. take a pill Nancy.
      ichiban
      • 3 Years Ago
      One of the major issues hasn't been adrressed in the blogs is that of vehicle safety standards and inspection programs . The majority of Mexican commercial vehicles are not inspected with any regularity, and American truckers--among others--have made this point as part of their opposition to the NAFTA agreement.
        fellerman
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ichiban
        I hope this is part of our plan. Let them across the border then ticket the hell out of them like they do to any citizen they chose who is going a few miles and hour over the speed limit. The point here is that I see those same cops on their way home and they're always in the left lane keeping the pace. Notice it's all about pace, not peace. I feel for them but they need to buck the system that requires them to be tax collectors rather than protectors of the peace. Peace out.....
          caddy-v
          • 3 Years Ago
          @fellerman
          Better yet, treat them just like the Federalies treat US tourists to Mexico.
        John
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ichiban
        First, why is it important that this be 'address in the blogs'? President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon have agreed on an inspection and monitoring program for companies intending to operate inside the States. 17 years ago is when this issue should have been raised. We signed a treaty. Does that not mean anything?
      • 3 Years Ago
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      ichiban
      • 3 Years Ago
      One of the major issues raised is the safety of Mexican trucks, a good number of which are not maintained to U.S. commercial trucking standards, or anywhere near those standards. One hopes that in all the political BS in NAFTA talks, that safety has been one of the prime topics addressed, and how to maintain that focus.
      Zak
      • 3 Years Ago
      A very hearty thanks to George HW Bush for coming up with this system for bringing the USA down to Mexico's level. It a shame H. Ross Perot didn't win in 1992 to keep Clinton from signing this insanity into law.
      blas
      • 3 Years Ago
      no another step towards efficiency
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