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Mexico, America talk about opening border to Mexican truckers

Posted by Genie Wood on Thu, May 20, 2010 @ 06:38 AM

On a trip to Washington, Mexican President Felipe Calderon met with President Obama to discuss allowing Mexican trucks to travel on American highways.

Since the programs set in place by the North American Free Trade Agreement, which began in 1994, Mexican trucks had been open to freely travel across the U.S. Disputes arose over safety concerns, and Congress ended those programs in March 2009.

President Obama was optimistic that an agreement could be reached, and the free flow of commerce could occur between the two nations once again. Roughly 80% of Mexican exports go to the United States.

Mexico's response to the end of cross-border traffic was to place an estimated $2.4 billion in tariffs on American products.

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