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Mexican trucking past US border in crosshairs

A controversial NAFTA plank allowing Mexican truckers to haul goods deep into the United States is again in the crosshairs as the Trump administration prepares to redo the trade agreement and a court challenge proceeds next month.

On Capitol Hill, a House resolution introduced by Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., also targets cross-border trucking, stating any future trade pact should not require “access to United States roads for vehicles domiciled in other countries.” Consider the resolution an opening shot from Democrats in the trade debate.

Killing the provision, the goal of owner-operators and the Teamsters union, would have little economic impact, as only a handful of Mexican companies have obtained US operating  authority beyond the border commercial zone. However, revoking the provision would raise the temperature in the Twitter-dominated trade spat between the United States and Mexico and could lead to tit-for-tat tariffs, as happened when a pilot project was shut down in 2009.

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February 13, 2017