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ATA Supports NAFTA Pilot Program, but Raises Some Concerns

ATA Supports NAFTA Pilot Program, but Raises Some Concerns


Sean McNally



Arlington, Va. – In comments filed today, American Trucking Associations said it supported the efforts of the Obama administration to implement the cross-border trucking provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement, but called on regulators to address several concerns with the proposal.


“ATA has long viewed free trade as an important tool in improving our country’s economic growth and has been a strong supporter of the North American Free Trade Agreement,” ATA Vice President of Security and Operations Martin Rojas wrote in comments filed with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. “ATA commends the efforts by FMCSA to develop and implement a NAFTA pilot program for cross-border trucking.”


While ATA supports FMCSA’s efforts to streamline cross-border trade between the United States and Mexico, Rojas expressed a number of concerns about the agency’s proposed program.


Those concerns include a proposal for the government to purchase electronic onboard recorders for Mexican carriers and how the U.S. and Mexico will ensure fair and equal access to Mexico for American carriers.


For ATA’s full comments on FMCSA’s cross-border trucking program, click here.


The American Trucking Associations (www.truckline.com) is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of other trucking groups, industry-related conferences, and its 50 affiliated state trucking associations, ATA represents more than 37,000 members covering every type of motor carrier in the United States. Follow ATA on Twitter @TruckingMatters (www.twitter.com/truckingmatters), or become a fan on Facebook (http://tinyurl.com/y4qwp6h).