Cross-border trucking might finally get going


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If the cross-border trucking pilot project actually happens, San Antonio is prepared to capitalize like no other U.S. city.

And no one knows that better than two longtime warriors for the cause of cross-border trucking: banker Tom Frost and lawyer Ed Einstein.

Businesses in Monterrey, Mexico, are poised, as well. In fact, an Alamo city delegation led by the Free Trade Alliance San Antonio is in Monterrey today brainstorming strategy on how both cities can bridge the border for more efficient freight movement and economic development.

The first word of this column — "if" — remains the key. The 12-year fight to start international deliveries beyond the U.S.-Mexico border zone has seen numerous surprise delays. The union forces and others fighting the proposal are powerful.

Nevertheless, the U.S. Department of Transportation is starting the process of authorizing Mexican carriers to make deliveries to the U.S. interior. San Antonio will be a primary stopping point for freight originating in Mexico, especially the Monterrey-Saltillo industrial corridor.

San Antonio, thanks to the Free Trade Alliance, is the only city that has conducted instruction for Mexico carriers on how to comply with U.S. trucking laws and requirements — everything from drug-testing drivers to setting up log books and acquiring the necessary insurance.

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