MEXICO’S TRUCKERS MAY BLOCADE U.S. BORDER

MEXICO CITY, Mex. — Canacar, trucking group representing Mexico’s trucking industry, has threatened to blockade the U.S.-Mexican border if its trucks are not allowed to run the U.S. soon.

U.S. officials say they are still waiting for a response from Mexico in connection with a January proposal to open the border.

Canacar is pushing the U.S., fearful that it is dragging its feet to comply with the change.

In January, a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) ruling concluded that the U.S. was breaking the international trade rules by not allowing Mexico-based trucks from hauling into the U.S.

Agreements signed in connection with NAFTA over international trucking allowed for Mexican trucks to have total access to the U.S. market by the year 2000. Instead, the U.S., arguing fear of poorly maintained foreign rigs, limited the traffic to only the border states.

President Bush has pledged to comply with the NAFTA judgement.

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