More than 150 U.S. manufacturers, companies and agricultural interests have voiced their support of a declaration by the governors of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas calling on the U.S. government to honor its commitment to implement a cross-border trucking program with Mexico. The governors urge the U.S. government to honor the North American Free Trade Agreement's long haul commercial vehicles regulations to allow U.S. and Mexican trucks to safely operate across the international border between the countries.
"We applaud the clear call by the Border Governors for the United States to stand by its commitment to one of its most important trading partners," said Steve Mulder, a spokesman for the Alliance to Keep U.S. Jobs. "These governors recognize that by failing to honoring our commitment, the U.S. Government is jeopardizing thousands of U.S. companies and millions of U.S. workers."
Claims of safety concerns prompted Congress in March of this year to effectively eliminate a cross-border trucking safety demonstration project run by the Department of Transportation. Then just weeks ago, a DOT Inspector General's audit found that Mexican trucks and truck drivers are as safe as their U.S. counterparts. Now, the Government of Mexico has announced retaliatory tariffs on about $2.4 billion of U.S. manufactured and agricultural exports to Mexico.
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