First Mexican truck crosses border

Jill Dunn | October 24, 2011

Mexico had approved three U.S. carriers to deliver beyond its border by Oct. 21, when the first Mexican carrier crossed into Laredo, Texas, marking the beginning of the cross-border pilot program with Mexico and the end of retaliatory tariffs on American goods.

Mexican and U.S. officials gathered at the World Trade Bridge in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, for the event. Transportes Olympic hauled a drilling tower nearly 10 feet high destined for Garland, Texas, according to Mexico’s Secretary of Communication and Transportation. Monterrey-based Transportes Olympic has been approved for two trucks and two drivers.

The Oct. 21 delivery beyond the commercial border zone highlighted the end of more than two years of tariffs of 5 to 25 percent on 99 U.S. goods. On July 8 Mexico dropped 50 percent of tariffs and promised to end the remaining tariffs five days after the first Mexican carrier received operating authority.

On Oct. 20, the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General announced it was beginning its interim report to Congress on the pilot program, in accordance with 2007 law.

Its audit objectives will be to decide if it will have sufficient data to determine if the program reduces trucking safety and if monitoring and enforcement activities can ensure program compliance. The OIG will also measure if program participants are a representative and adequate sample of Mexican carriers that would seek cross-border operations.

All trucks that participate in the program will carry GPS-capable electronic onboard recorders to ensure hours-of-service compliance and to monitor trucks to and from assigned U.S. destinations.

Also, FMCSA will review the driving records of each driver and require U.S. labs to analyze all drug testing samples before that driver receives approval.

OOIDA has filed to stop the program in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The court rejected its request for an emergency stay of the program, but will schedule oral arguments following the completion of brief filings, with the last brief due by Dec. 5.

The Teamsters union and Public Citizen also have petitioned a federal appeals
court to review the agency¹s plans to proceed with the program.

  • Beverly Heckford

    WHAT three U.S. carriersare allowed to deliver beyond Mexican border?

  • John Stokes

    You ask me letting the Mexican trucks come in across the Border is one gigantic mistake!
    But our powers to be dont care!
    Have a great Day

  • Timothy Campbell

    This is the beginning of the end for US truckers. I don’t believe for a second that the cross border trucks will follow or abide by the laws and rules the rest of us do. I am preparing to shut down my company.

  • angel

    this is sad once again they are doing this that is why in 07 i went out of business as an O O

  • angel

    like the US doesn’t have enough issues with the illegals and drugs coming from down there now to let them operate again up here is just not right not at all they are not having to have the same credentials as we the americans do…
    there goes the rate of freight i remember the last time they allowed this to happen the rates went to hell

  • tony calvert

    I think we should not only close the Mexican border but the Canadian border also. The Canadians hurt as much if not more than the Mexicans ever will.

  • Revan Chloe

    And does these trucks come back with illegals ?

  • kevin fuller sr

    I agree with Tony.Close all borders.Its time to take care of our Own.

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  • Williams

    Truckers Think of something so stop Mexicans take out jobs!!! Its tuff already and prices will go even more down which will destroy our already strugling economy

  • Sam Tate

    Everyone remember, that they are human also, they have families to feed also. They would like their companies to grow also. Maybe if we stand by our fellow truck drivers (Mexician and Canadian)we may be able to work together in the industry. When it comes down to it, we all just shift gears. I for one welcome them. We as truck drivers have a job to do. We cannot haul all of it, there is not enough of us anymore! We haven’t had any luck changing the freight rate, maybe the Southern Brokers, or even the Northern Brokers may have better luck. I am willing to give them the chance. Which is the same that I would ask for if roles were reversed! strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.