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United States Offers NAFTA Compromise to Mexico


Breaking News: Thursday, January 6th, 2011

It did not take long for one of the five trucking issues to watch for in 2011 to hit the news.  Today, the Obama administration offered a proposal to allow trucks from Mexico to operate in the United States under the  compliance with NAFTA.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, released a “concept document” that would allow Mexico’s truck drivers to apply for operational permits to work in the U. S.

Many believe that any new agreement between the U. S. and Mexico will never take place due to the power of the Teamster’s Union. Many others argue that it is time for the U. S. to comply with the NAFTA terms which would also assist in breaking the tariffs Mexico has placed on many U. S. goods.

For now, the trucking industry will just have to sit back and wait to see what happens.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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7 Responses to United States Offers NAFTA Compromise to Mexico. - Post a Comment

  1. Rob Harrell

    What about the Licensing CDL A that Mexican drivers have, and do they meet the standards that we have to meet here. This is just but one issue that needs to be addressed . Insurance (proof) another,Truck inspections,should i go on and on.You can see where this is going. We will fight for our jobs and do whats necessary to keep them. Thank You!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Mark S Blackmon, Alabama

    All those companies that moved their businesses to Mexico will just love this! Then they can bring their products back up here to sell and will not even have to use any American drivers. They can get away with just paying the Mexican drivers. And still charge us more! They didn’t want to pay U.S. factory workers their wages, and now they don’t want to have to pay U.S. drivers. And we keep buying their products and paying their prices! If we told them they have to pay the same wages as Americans make, do you think they would still do it? We should only have equal trade with Mexico! May be we should require them to use U.S. drivers in Mexico only! Anything coming from our country has to be delivered by our drivers! Bet that would go over big! We are the american drivers are always getting ripped!

    • Allen Smith

      American drivers don’t want to drive into Mexico, that’s the problem. So you open the borders and the American companies in Mexico hire Mexicans to drive to the US and then back down again into Mexico. If not, American drivers would be driving down to the border and then a Mexican driver would have to take the load into Mexico ( Unsafe for the American driver). Why would they do that? Just let the Mexican driver go back down, right?

      A lot of other strategies are going to be employed if this gets going, hurting the US economy even worse than it is.
      Example: Double Tax Treaty

  3. Mark S Blackmon, Alabama

    Walmart is backing 2 major ports in Mexico so that when we open our borders to Mexico they can cease use California ports and ship here to our country using Mexican ports and drivers !

  4. Mark S Blackmon, Alabama

    Are we so blind that we can not see ? And we keep right on buying foreign products despite it is putting us out of business ! At some point we will not even have the money to buy the cheap stuff, because we will be out of work !

  5. Allen Smith

    Hi Mark: You are correct. I mentioned the two Mexican ports and Walmart in my earlier post: Five Trucking Issues to Watch for in 2011.

  6. David Cranmer

    They should only allow Mexican trucks here when it is just as safe to run in Mexico. With the current border violence problems, I think allowing Mexican trucks to run here is a very bad idea. They need to clean up their act on the other side first. Let’s just stick to ports of enty for now.

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