U.S. Chamber Welcomes Mexican Trucking Agreement to Save U.S. Jobs, Uphold Commitments

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 7:00pm

Delay Put More than 25,000 U.S. Jobs at Risk

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement, praising today’s agreement in principle between President Obama and President Calderon to end the U.S.-Mexico cross-border trucking dispute:

“This is an important step to promote job growth on both sides of the border and shore up our bilateral relationship. It is long past time for the United States to live up to its trade commitment and allow cross-border trucking services. This delay put more than 25,000 American jobs at risk, and retaliatory tariffs have been in place for two years on many U.S. products entering Mexico.

“Nowhere in the world does the United States have a higher stake in the success of a partner than in Mexico. We are now pressing the Administration and Congress to finalize the agreement, move the United States into compliance, and allow an end to these job-killing tariffs. This will be a major step toward providing certainty to trucking companies and shippers throughout North America.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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