Mexico Seeks To Retaliate for End of Trucking Pilot Project

March 16, 2009 07:00 PM

Pro Farmer Editors

Mexico said it has plans to target $2.4 billion in U.S. goods -- some 90 products from 40 states -- in retaliation for a provision in the fiscal year (FY) 2009 spending bill that ended a pilot program which allowed Mexican trucks to haul cargo in the United States.

The pilot program has been a contentious issue, with considerable opposition in the U.S. to the effort from the Teamsters Union. The pilot project was established under NAFTA.

U.S. ag interests are awaiting word from the Mexican government on exactly which products it will target, although Reuters reports government officials in Mexico as saying they won't target wheat, rice or corn. Official word is expected to come from Mexico yet this week on just what products would be affected.

The impact for U.S. agriculture will obviously depend on what products are targeted. Jim Wiesemeyer looks further into the situation in his Inside Washington Today column found on the Pro Farmer page.

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