The Office of the United States Trade Representative hosted a three-day public meeting in D.C. this past week on “matters relevant to the modernization” of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Nearly 140 witnesses from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico offered suggestions. OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer delivered comments on behalf of the Association’s members.
Spencer made it clear that OOIDA is adamant that the cross-border trucking program with Mexico, which allows long-haul trucking beyond commercial zones, should be dropped from the program.
“The system we have that has been in place for years – trailers being swapped at the borders – and has been going on with Mexico for years works well,” he says. “For economic reasons, it doesn’t really work for Mexican trucks to cross the border and go too far beyond the commercial zones.”
Formal negotiations between U.S., Mexico, and Canada could begin by late summer.
View Spencer’s comments to the panel below.
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