Delivery Trucks From Mexico to Begin Rolling Into the United States


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The announcement of a one-year pilot program allowing Mexican trucks to make deliveries throughout the United States didn’t make Armando Freire very happy.

The president of the 22-year-old Dimex Freight Systems Inc. in Otay Mesa chalked it up to another example of unfair competition, which he knew was coming.

“This is something they’ve had on the burner for some time,” said Freire. “It’s like everything else. If you bring in low-cost labor competitors into this market, it will affect this business big time. No matter what the rules are, if you put a Wal-Mart next to a Robinsons-May, the Robinsons-May won’t fare as well.”

The program announced by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Mary Peters on Feb. 23 in San Diego applies to 100 select Mexican trucking firms, all of which would have to comply with the same rules and safety standards that apply to U.S. trucking firms.

Mexican trucking companies approved for the pilot program will be able to travel throughout the United States, but could only make international deliveries or pickups. The trucks will be unable to transport cargo between U.S. cities, but can carry loads back to Mexico.

Currently, Mexican trucks are restricted to a 25-mile zone beyond U.S. ports. Locally, the boundary is Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, 40 miles north of downtown San Diego, because of a clause in regulations that allows the zone to be extended to a metropolitan area’s limits.


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