National motor carrier associations in the U.S. and Canada want to see the rules of cabotage changed so foreign drivers have more flexibility
once they unload.
The American Trucking Association and the Canadian Trucking Alliance
are hoping the governments of both countries will allow drivers to pick up or
reposition empty trailers.
“By liberalization we mean, if a Canadian driver delivers a loaded
trailer in the U.S., he or she should be able to pick up an empty trailer and
reposition it to another location,” said Margaret Irwin, director of customs of
immigration and cross-border operations with the ATA. “The same would go for a U.S. driver in Canada.”
She said the rule change is a matter of “how to most efficiently
operate equipment and drivers.”
Foreign drivers in either country are currently limited to delivering
their designated loads, but can pick up other loads as long as they are for
direct delivery back to the truck’s country of origin. The driver may not load,
haul or deliver a cargo that has its origin and final destination within the United States.