The American Trucking Assns. (ATA) praised the Bush Administration and Congressional leaders for negotiating a compromise agreement on highway safety issues that had threatened implementation of the trucking provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
"This is great news for the American trucking industry and our ATA motor carriers," said William Canary, ATA president & CEO. "It gives us the open borders we need to freely do our job of moving freight and helping to rebuild the U.S. economy. It maintains the safety requirements that we have insisted on all along, that trucks entering the U.S. from Mexico must meet the same safety standards that we do. We commend the Bush Administration and the Congress for coming to this agreement."
According to ATA's American Trucking Trends 2002 report, 84% of goods moved between the U.S. and Mexico are moved by truck, likewise for 73% of the goods moved between the U.S. and Canada.