More than 100 U.S.-based retailers, agriculture groups and transportation councils urged the government’s trade agency on Tuesday to preserve trucking provisions in any new version of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has proposed eliminating the provision that allows Mexican trucks to move more easily into the United States, and vice versa, and instead reverting to rules established by Congress, which would likely be more restrictive on Mexican trucks.
The letter, which was signed by groups including the American Farm Bureau, the Retail Industry Leaders Association, North American Shippers Association, and The Toy Association, said that Mexican trucks do not actually compete with American trucks. “Currently, it is a small, but important way of making sure our industries and North America remain competitive in the world market,” the letter said.
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