Mexico has lifted tariffs on U.S. exports, including pork, and the U.S. government has granted the first permit to a Mexican trucking firm to haul goods into the U.S.
The two governments in July signed an agreement resolving the trucking issue, with the U.S. Department of Transportation crafting a cross-border trucking program and the Mexican government cutting the retaliatory tariffs by 50%. The remaining tariffs were suspended today after the DOT issued the trucking permit. “America’s pork producers are very pleased that the U.S. issued the first Mexican trucking permit, which has led today to the Mexican government removing the remaining retaliatory tariffs on our products,” said National Pork Producers Council President Doug Wolf. “Mexico is a very important market for the U.S. pork industry and for many other sectors. More than 6 million U.S. jobs depend on trade with Mexico.”
The long-standing dispute between the nations was over a provision of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement. The trucking provision was set to become effective in December 1995, but the U.S. failed to abide by it. Mexico imposed tariffs on 89 U.S. products in March 2009, after Congress failed to renew a two-year-old pilot program that allowed a limited number of Mexican trucks into the U.S. Mexico added products, including pork, in August 2010 after the Obama administration failed to present a proposal for resolving the trucking dispute.