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Teamsters Call for Negotiations on Mexican Cross-Border Trucking

Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa has called on U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to reopen negotiations on Mexican cross-border trucking as part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

In a letter dated Feb. 24, Hoffa raised concerns about the safety of Mexico-domiciled trucks, questioning the effectiveness of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s pilot program, used to evaluate whether Mexico-domiciled vehicles could operate safely in the United States. 

“Given the paramount importance of safe highways throughout the continental United States, and given the illegitimacy of the pilot program data and the consequent failure of the DOT to meet its statutory obligations... and given the excessive and unfair Mexican retaliation in the past, it is clear that the Administration has no better option than to reopen negotiations with the Mexican government, in the context of the TPP talks,” Hoffa wrote.

The pilot program was part of NAFTA’s cross-border long-haul trucking provisions, which allowed Mexican trucks to cross the border and make deliveries within the United States.