Mexican truckers to test foreign-ownership rules

MEXICO CITY (Oct. 30, 2000) — Mexico’s largest trucking association plans to lodge a formal complaint against the Mexican subsidiary of an American for-hire carrier, alleging that a foreign-owned company hauling freight between destinations inside Mexico violates the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The Mexican National Road Freight Transport Chamber (Canacar, as a Spanish acronym) said Transportes EASO, owned by Memphis, Tenn.-based M.S. Carriers, provides domestic road freight services that are reserved exclusively to Mexican companies under NAFTA.

Mexico’s Communications and Transport Ministry said it plans to investigate the matter, which could have wide-ranging consequences for foreign companies with ownership in Mexican operations.

“What arouses suspicion is that the source of the neutral investment is a foreign company (M.S. Carriers) that is engaged in the same activity, that is, transport,” senior official Aaron Dychter told Infolatina news service.

Last week, drivers affiliated with Canacar blockaded highways, demanding that the government sanction Transportes EASO.

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