2nd Mexican Trucking Company Authorized to Travel Into United States


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A Mexicali-based, long-haul trucking company yesterday won approval to travel throughout the United States, becoming the second Mexican company accepted into a pilot program that opens the border to truckers from the United States and Mexico.

A Chula Vista-based company, IBC Inc., also was authorized under the yearlong demonstration program, seen as a step toward the full opening of the border under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Transportes Rafa de Baja California and IBC are the first two companies on the California-Mexico border to be accepted. Two others cleared this month have already begun deliveries: a U.S. company in El Paso, Texas, and a Mexican company from outside the industrial city of Monterrey.

“We are enforcing tough safety standards at every stage of this demonstration as we tap into this unique opportunity to compete in new markets and increase border-trade efficiency,” John Hill, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, said in a statement.

The operators of IBC Inc. could not be reached for comment yesterday.

I guess I misinterpreted something along the way, because I thought that the companies had already been checked out and picked for this long before now.

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