CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — As the battle over how and when to grant full U.S. access to Mexican truckers rages on, somewhere along the way a key component was forgotten.
No one ever asked the truckers whether they even want to haul in the U.S. and according to the Associated Press, the answer would likely surprise most Americans who have been fighting so vigilantly against the NAFT-forced initiative.
“We told our president that we don’t want to go” into the U.S., Manuel Gomez, president of Mexico’s main truckers’ association told reporters earlier this week. “Neither are we interested in having U.S. trucks come to Mexico.”
Mexico has warned that it might restrict U.S. imports if Congress bars Mexican trucks from U.S. roads. This news was music to Gomez’ ears, saying it would mean his members won’t have to face cross-border competition.
“Everything is more expensive for us: diesel (fuel), highways, the price of the trucks, the tires, the parts,” says Gomez, who is head of the National Chamber of Cargo Transportation, the legally recognized representative of Mexico’s 8,000 trucking companies and 154,000 owner/operators.
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