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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood last week announced an initial concept document for a long haul cross-border Mexican trucking program that prioritizes safety, while satisfying the United States' international obligations. The initial concept document, which has been shared with Congress and the government of Mexico, will serve as a starting point in the renewed negotiations with Mexico.
Initial response to the Obama Administration's announcement has been one of optimism in the hopes that it will lead to an agreement with the Government of Mexico to end the retaliatory tariffs U.S. manufactured and agricultural exports.
Since 2009, the tariffs imposed by Mexico have significantly impacted U.S. agricultural exports.
On Monday, however, the Mexican government said at a meeting in Mexico City of the North American Free Trade Agreement ministers that while it will not add more goods or change the tariff list, it will continue levying a tariff on all products currently on the list.