Mexican truckers react to pilot program news

| 8/17/2007

CANACAR, Mexico’s national organization of professional truck drivers, weighed in Thursday on the Mexican government’s statement that it would keep to the end of August implementation date for a cross-border trucking program. CANACAR apparently does not agree that the program should, or could, happen that soon.

According to an Aug. 16 report in the Mexican transportation publication T21, members of the National Chamber of Transportation indicated they thought the pilot program could be delayed again, due to an incomplete authorization process.

Manuel Gomez, advisor to CANACAR, was quoted by T21 as saying the Mexican secretary of transportation still has not authorized U.S. motor carriers to enter Mexico. Gomez reportedly said because of this situation, there are “no carriers prepared to enter Mexico” and the “domestic carriers are not ready to enter the U.S. either.”

In Aug. 17’s Federal Register, the FMCSA states that it continues to “work closely with the Mexican government to ensure that up to 100 U.S.-domiciled carriers are granted authority to operate in Mexico.” The Register notice states that the project will not start until “such reciprocity is provided.” It also states that “the FMCSA is not required to provide notice and comment on the Mexican government’s application process ... or its criteria” for choosing U.S.-domiciled motor carriers.

CANACAR’s Web site states that the pilot program, announced by the Mexican secretary of transportation, is not “fair.”
CANACAR leaders state that they feel the “Mexican government has not undertaken the necessary actions for an effective opening of the border in conditions of fairness,” and this places Mexican truckers “in a position of disadvantage, without benefits for Mexico.”

– By Land Line staff

Mexican news reports translated by OOIDA’s Stephanie Caswell.