The U.S. federal government may start allowing Mexican trucking companies to transport goods via U.S. roads in an effort to get Mexico to cut tariffs on some U.S. goods.

The U.S. Transportation Department on Thursday released a proposal outlining the conditions -- including driver background checks, as well as safety and vehicle emission standards -- that Mexican trucking companies would have to meet to operate in the U.S. The proposal doesn't include any specifics on a timeline or the number of trucks that would be permitted.

The federal government is hoping that reopening roads to some Mexican trucking companies could help resolve trade issues with Mexico, which enacted tariffs on 89 U.S. products after the Congress in 2009 declined to renew a pilot program allowing some Mexican companies to truck goods beyond a 25-mile commercial zone, the Associated Press reported.

Jim Hoffa, general president for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters transportation union, questioned the proposal, saying in a statement Thursday that opening U.S. roads threatens truck drivers' and warehouse workers' jobs and may worsen drug-cartel violence in the two countries.


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jdrabe

the corporate aristocracy won't be satisfied until they have destroyed every single,last, decent job in America.

January 10 2011 at 12:17 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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kesac

What nonsense.

January 10 2011 at 8:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pawpaw

no nonsense kesac....unless of course you consider the loss of manufacturing jobs in this country as expendable...

January 16 2011 at 8:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gwhjelm

If the US Government out-sources our remaining jobs who is going to pay the tax to finance idiot proposals like this one. Our transportation system was once the best in the world, and in many parts of our nation it still is, so why do we just give that to Mexico? The answer from our side is tariff's, and the possible removal of those tariff's by the Mexican Government on our products. What a load of crap! All of the tariffs combined by Mexico is not worth the loss of jobs, infrastructure, and overall economics in the US. If we never did another dime in business with Mexico we would be better-off, than giving up our transportation system to Mexico.

January 09 2011 at 5:51 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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kesac

NAFTA was one of Bill Clinton's crowning achievements.

January 10 2011 at 8:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mullermugs32

Just say No! The heck t with their trade issues. If they gotta problem, get rid of NAFTA!

January 09 2011 at 12:29 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
J5

Just another ploy by big corporate america to get their already cheap mexican made products into american stores even cheaper. It won't lower a thing you buy, only inflate their already obscene profit bottom line even higher

January 09 2011 at 11:47 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
david

Oh yes please allow MEXICAN TRUCKS BACK ONTO OUR ROADS. They do not pay taxes to maintain and build these roads . Why take trucking jobs from US truckers? So what if 89 products are more expensive in Mexico because of tariffs? It will only make it easier to smuggle drugs and people if the trailer stays under the control of a Mexican driver. Their standards are not as high as ours and it will place an added burden on law enforcement as well. Another example of the head up the A## mentality of government. They were restricted because of saftey and law enforcement issues,,, take one look at the country as a whole and anyone csn see nothing has changed. If anything it has gotten worse!!

January 09 2011 at 9:18 AM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
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kesac

Mexican trucks are still subject to all US laws. Just like American vehicles driven in Mexico are subject to their laws.

January 10 2011 at 8:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cbstinc

This country is going down the drain, this sorry ass politicians dont give a crap about us. all they care is about the benjamins. so, why do we have to follow all
this rules and be the good citizen, let said that we decide not to paid taxes any more. IRS,the fEDS,AND THE GOVERMENT AS A HOLE,will go broke , no more money. why do we still have to support this bastards. corporations move over seas, jobs move over seas by the thousands, and this President,have not done anything to put a stop at this. other countrys are getting rich, we are getting poor. what in the world is going on here. every other industry in the United States is just gone, we dont build **** any more.from number one car builder in the world, to almost zero. real state, zero. clothing, zero. were are we heading, or better said were this goverment is taking us. what is the purpose, something is cooking in Washington.and is not to benefit us.

January 09 2011 at 1:45 AM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
stephen

This part was left out from the original AP report. (see AP link above)
Mexico has protested the lack of access as a violation of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement. In March 2009, Mexico placed higher tariffs on 89 U.S. products. In August, Mexico added new products to the list after the U.S. failed to present a proposal for resolving the trucking issue.
Some exported products hit with the higher tariffs include fruits and vegetables.

January 09 2011 at 1:24 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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david

So what ? We should all eat more fruits and vegetables right here at home.US truck drivers should not have to compete with $10 A DAY MEXICAN TRUCK DRIVERS.

January 09 2011 at 9:23 AM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
Ralph

as a truck driver this is bad we already have enough truck on the road and we r having a had time to make money now and this is not going to well the dam candans are to del in the states and go home but they dont i know because i pick up a load in al and del to ky and so did a tamdem truck from canda

January 08 2011 at 10:04 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
sugarcreekchile

This would just mean loss of jobs to US truckers. If Mexico is imposing tariffs on 89 of our exports, then impose tariffs on the top selling 89 goods imported from Mexico. Why placate them by giving them priviledges in the US that will cost US jobs? Just return the favor.

January 08 2011 at 7:58 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
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david

RIGHT ON!!!!! THEY NEED US,,, U.S. ,,, MORE THAN WE NEED THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 09 2011 at 9:25 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Spike

This is the honest truth- -I went to WalMart today to get a clock- -I couldn't find where they kept them- -so I asked a clerk- -lady that was wearing a smock, had a price gun and just clicking away pricing things- -she COULD NOT SPEAK ONE WORD OF ENGLISH!! BUT- -she has a job- -
Ask me if I left without spending one single cent! (East Texas)
Why are the ILLEGALS working and NOT THE AMERICANS?????
And out dip government wants MORE IN OUR COUNTRY?
Time to boycot- -NOW!!

January 08 2011 at 7:43 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
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david

GO TO NUMBERSUSA.COM THE BEST ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ORGINIZATION. I TELL 10 PEOPLE YOU TELL 10 PEOPLE THEY TELL 10 PEOPLE AND WE CAN TURN THIS AROUND!!!

January 09 2011 at 9:27 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
david

Remember when WalMart used to have the banners and the stickers proclaiming MADE IN AMERICA ? Not any more . Motto should be " WE CARRY MORE CHEAP IMPORTS THAN ANY OTHER RETAILER IN THE WORLD!"

January 09 2011 at 9:51 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply