U.S. EARMARKS $144 MILLION TO OPEN MEXICAN BORDER

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. has inked a deal calling for the full opening of its border with Mexican trucks by 2002, and President George Bush is ready to dole out US$144 million to get ready.

The two countries quietly penned the agreement, governing the hauling of international freight on Mar. 22.

Mexican companies will be required to comply with U.S. safety and operating standards for commercial trucking, and the U.S. budget, announced yesterday, includes $88 million for additional inspectors.

Another $56 million has been set aside for beefing up inspection facilities in the border regions.

The committing of federal cash underlines a pledge made by Bush’s last winter to have the U.S. fully comply with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). A panel had slammed the U.S. for ignoring the deadlines for the free movement of Mexican rigs outlined in the agreement.

Mexican trucks can only travel up to 20 miles north of the border under current rules. Initially NAFTA was to have opened highways in all U.S. border states — Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. This was to have expanded throughout the U.S. by 2000.

Truck News is Canada's leading trucking newspaper - news and information for trucking companies, owner/operators, truck drivers and logistics professionals working in the Canadian trucking industry.


Have your say


This is a moderated forum. Comments will no longer be published unless they are accompanied by a first and last name and a verifiable email address. (Today's Trucking will not publish or share the email address.) Profane language and content deemed to be libelous, racist, or threatening in nature will not be published under any circumstances.

*