Mexico raises tariffs reacting to Obama’s truck action, consequently…

Obama Wants U.S.-Mexico Trucking Program Restored.

As you may recall, Brian Faughnan was in last Friday’s podcast talking about exactly that issue. Brian had predicted last Tuesday that Mexico would raise tariffs following the administration’s violating NAFTA. Sure enough, Mexico raised tariffs on 90 US products, and now the truck-crossing program is being restored:

The White House says it wants to work with lawmakers to restore a program that allows cross-border trucking with Mexico.

Mexico Monday put in place tariffs on 90 U.S. products after Washington canceled a program that allowed some trucks from Mexico to operate in the U.S. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says the administration wants to work with Congress to come up with a plan that would restore that program.

Lawmakers had safety concerns and other reservations and did away with the program in last week’s spending bill.

Mr. Gibbs says the White House is working with Sen. Byron Dorgan (D., N.D.) to write a bill that would deal with lawmakers’ concerns.

The Mexican Economy Department says the U.S. decision violates a provision of the North American Free Trade Agreement that was supposed to have opened cross-border trucking years ago. Department officials told a news conference Monday that the measure will affect about $2.4 billion in trade, covering agricultural and industrial products from 40 U.S. states.

The Mexican officials didn’t name the products or specify the amount by which import tariffs will increase.

Activists in the U.S. had argued that Mexican trucks were unsafe, something Mexico denies.

It may be a good idea to avoid this type of colossal mistake if lawmakers would actually read the bills before voting on them.

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10 Responses to “Mexico raises tariffs reacting to Obama’s truck action, consequently…”

  1. Candace E. Salima Says:

    Those roads need to remain closed. With the open trucking situation between Mexico and the U.S. drugs escalated, gangs came over in droves and our southern border towns are at war. Bad idea. I’m glad they did away with it. Perhaps it needs to stay that way until Mexico cracks down on their drug cartels and their leaky borders.

  2. Frank Kastle Says:

    The only mistake being made is trying to bring it back. Its time we stood up to Mexico and repealed NAFTA and raised the tariffs on them. They need us more than we need them! Keep Mexican trucks off US highways!

  3. expat Says:

    Can they read?

  4. Original Pechanga Says:

    Just how incompetent IS this administration?

    They are our closest trading partner. We need to build Mexico’s economy so they can put people to work OVER THERE and keep their people HOME.

  5. Pat Patterson Says:

    The so-called Mexican trucks that have access, and were threatened with non-access, are mostly American owned companies that bought out or formed partnerships with some of the bigger Mexican shippers. This was to upgrade the trucks so that the whiners who hyperventilate about unsafe Mexican trucks wouldn’t have a leg to stand on. These trucks that do have access have to obey the same traffic and equipment laws as solely American sourced trucks did. Its analagous to travel on the Danube in the Middle Ages when local bandits, er city officials, would fortify a bend, a portage or an island in the river and then demand payment to pass or to transfer the goods to local bargemen.

    And if I can go into my local Ralph’s and get a Haas avacado year round and some teamster official loses his tee time, then tough!

  6. B Says:

    I just scratch my head when I read or hear comments as the one made by Candance “…way until Mexico cracks down on their drug cartels and their leaky borders.”

    Drugs don’t just appear magically on the streets of USA. Have my dear gringo neighbors ever stopped to consider that perhaps it is because your own law enforcement officers are as corrupt as mine and let them pass through?

    Because, my gosh, if the drug problem over there is as terrible as it is, I think it reflects the amount of corruption your law enforcement officers have, no?

    And how about the miles and miles of coastline on both sides of your country that has virtually no guards? You have some serious beefing up to do there.

    As a Mexican living in Mexico I have grown tired of this silly blaming game. For the last 3 years every single day there is news of a new drug confiscation taking place in my country, of more killings between drug lords, but I don’t see the same news, the crack downs of big distributors in USA soil being reported in CNN or FoxNews. How come?

    Really, it’s like the Good Book says: “You see the straw in the eye of the other, but don’t see the beam in your own eye”. Work on your own drug addicts; treat them as what they are: criminals breaking the law. Perhaps then consumption will lower and that huge market will stop to exist, making drug traffiking unattractive.

    And BTW, those Mexican truck drivers that were allowed to drive their trucks inside USA all were bilingual and had taken their driving examinations according to your laws.

    Have a nice day.

  7. Pat Patterson Says:

    As to the charge that the US news doesn’t cover drug trafficking in the US I can only suggest that just watching the first five minutes of any local or national tv news will show that simply isn’t the case. If it bleeds it leads and the news loves stories, with pictures of course, of hundreds of Little Casesars falling dead in the gutters with heroin bricks sticking out of their pockets.

  8. tx_cafarrell Says:

    Okay, I give Obama one, I think he did the right thing. Until you are out there and dealing with it, trying to work with illegal’s taking your jobs, you have no clue. I hope they don’t open the borders back up. We need to start taking care of our own and let others deal with their own. From a truck drivers wife. Blunt but true!!!

  9. joated Says:

    “It may be a good idea to avoid this type of colossal mistake if lawmakers would actually read the bills before voting on them.”

    That might mean they (or more likely thier aides) would actually have to do some work. And “work” is a four letter word to these Manard G. Grebs characters.

  10. Donald Says:

    Mexico imposing a tariff? What was the trade debt with Mexico again? How many jobs are lost to Mexico each year due to no tariff on imports? A tariff sounds pretty good to me. Why don’t we impose one of our own?