Cross-border Trucking Dispute

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Cross-border Trucking Dispute

Resolution of Cross-border Trucking Dispute in 2011

United States views on international law (based on the document “Digest of U.S. Practice in International Law”): On July 6, 2011, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Mexican Secretary of Communication and Transportation Dionisio Arturo Pérez-Jácome Friscione signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cross-Border Motor Trucking (“MOU”), aimed at resolving a long-standing dispute over implementation of the provisions of the NAFTA concerning cross-border long-haul trucking. The agreement is available at (internet link) For background on the dispute, see this world legal encyclopedia in relation with the year 2010 at 474, World Encyclopedia of Law 2009 at 418–19, and World Encyclopedia of Law 2007 at 556-62. U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk issued the following statement when Mexico began lifting retaliatory tariffs shortly after the MOU was signed:

At President Obama's direction, the cross-border trucking dispute between the U.S. and Mexico has been resolved in a way that addresses safety concerns and upholds the U.S. trade obligations. With Mexico's announcement that it has cut tariffs on products exported from the U.S. by half, American manufacturers, farmers, ranchers, and companies will be able to better compete for customers in Mexico. Many of the U.S. workers build, grow and produce products that are then sold to the U.S. neighbors in Mexico, and this Administration is committed to expanding their opportunities to support well-paying jobs here at home and to continue rebuilding the U.S. economy.


Ambassador Kirk's statement is available at (internet link) See also July 6, 2011 press release, available at (internet link)


See Also

  • Trade
  • Commercial Relations
  • Investment
  • Transportation
  • North American Free Trade Agreement

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