U.S., Mexico Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Resolve Cross-Border Trucking DisputeWednesday, July 6, 2011
(American Meat Institute)
The Secretaries of the United States Department of Transportation and Communication and Transportation of Mexico today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on long-haul cross-border trucking. The MOU implements the agreement reached in March by President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon.The MOU implements the agreement reached in March by President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon.
AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle said the agreement is an important step in resolving the long-standing trucking dispute.
“AMI is encouraged by this important development,” said AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle. “Mexico has emerged as a vital trading partner for the U.S. meat and poultry industry and this pilot program will allow U.S. pork producers and producers of other products affected by the retaliatory tariffs to regain their competitive positions and market shares in Mexico and recover jobs lost because of the decline in exports.”
The new program is composed of three phases:
- The pre-authority phase (set to begin July
8) which consists of a review of the
companies’ documentation, vehicles and
drivers. Participants must also comply with
safety and environmental standards and
- A provisional authority phase in which
participating carriers will be inspected upon
each entry into the other country for the first
three months. Before8 months of operation a
final Compliance Review of carriers will be
- A final phase in which carriers who passed the Compliance Review will be granted permanent operating authority allowing them to operate throughout both countries.
AMI filed comments in support of the pilot program in May. To view these comments, go to http://www.meatinstitute.org/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/69234.
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