OOIDA calls on U.S. trade representative to address cross-border trucking in USMCA

May 2019

Land Line Staff

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The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association urges the U.S. trade representative to continue moving forward with the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement approval process and forthcoming implementing legislative language in a timely manner. The U.S., Mexico, and Canada signed a trilateral pact nearly six months ago that included annex language establishing a regulatory process to restrict Mexican trucks to the commercial border zones. The deal also addresses cabotage and states “only persons of the U.S., using U.S.-registered and either U.S.-built or duty-paid trucks or buses, may provide truck or bus services between points within the U.S.”

“OOIDA believes these provisions will help end the current program that allows Mexican carriers and drivers who are not held to the same rigorous U.S. safety, security or environmental regulations to operate on American roadways,” OOIDA President Todd Spencer said.

For decades, OOIDA has opposed the original NAFTA provisions that established today’s cross-border Mexican trucking regulations, which the Association believes harm American small-business truckers and jeopardize highway safety.

“Our members have suffered economically from Mexican trucking companies taking away jobs and profits from American drivers and motor carriers. At the same time, Mexican trucks are endangering the motoring public, as U.S. DOT’s own safety statistics show that the crash rate for Mexican-domiciled carriers is 2.8 times higher than U.S. carriers,” Spencer said. LL