By: Jose De Cordoba
MEXICO CITY — A Mexican trade association representing more than 4,500 trucking companies is seeking $6 billion in damages from the U.S. government because of Washington’s refusal to allow Mexican trucks to carry cargo over U.S. roads.
The group, Canacar, filed a demand for arbitration under NAFTA with the U.S. State Department in April, but didn’t publicize the move until Monday.
“We want reciprocity,” said Pedro Ojeda, a lawyer for Canacar. “The U.S. has notoriously not kept its commitments.” Mr. Ojeda said the complaint is the largest such demand made under Nafta, as the 1993 pact is known.
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