Friday, Oct. 21, was the first day of the new Mexican cross-border trucking program – with a Mexican truck hauling a load of industrial equipment nearly 600 miles from Nuevo Leon, Mexico, to Garland, TX.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is calling it a “pilot program” and says Mexican carriers can receive permanent authority after 18 months of participation.
But at a press conference at the Otay Mesa border crossing in California this week, OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer explained what that really means.
“There is no ‘pilot’ aspect to this at all,” Spencer told the crowd, which included trucking professionals and two U.S. House representatives – Republican Duncan Hunter and Democrat Bob Filner.
“The agency says they will count the time that a trucking company in the previous pilot program was in there. They will count that toward their 18 months,” Spencer said. “So conceivably, there are trucking companies from Mexico right now that could have permanent authority in as little as two months.”
The Mexican trucking company that was scheduled to enter the U.S. on Friday was Transportes Olympic. It was the first Mexican carrier to enter the U.S. during the original cross-border program. So it’s expected to be credited with that participation and not have to wait 18 months for permanent authority.
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