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Mexican border to open next year

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Officials from the U.S. Trade Representative's office and the Department of Transportation met with their Mexican counterparts Mar. 22.While exact details of the negotiations weren'...


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Officials from the U.S. Trade Representative’s office and the Department of Transportation met with their Mexican counterparts Mar. 22.

While exact details of the negotiations weren’t released, the officials set a deadline of the end of 2001 for plans to allow Mexican rigs and buses to run freely in the U.S.

Key to the deal is ensuring that Mexican equipment meets the same standards as U.S. trucks and trailers.

U.S. insurance groups however have blasted the idea.

The Washington-based American Insurance Association says that before opening the borders to Mexican rigs, safety standards among all three NAFTA nations (including Canada) must be harmonized; adequate enforcement of those standards must be implemented; and an adequate database must be developed on Mexican truck safety. n


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