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As the new cast member in this over-acted drama, the Obama Administration was greeted with trade sanctions in the form of increased tariffs on 90 US products exported to Mexico. The White House has let it be known the new president wants to work with Congress to restore the controversial program that allowed Mexican trucks to begin making deliveries beyond the border commercial zone. That program was started in 2007 when then Transportation Secretary Mary Peters announced a one-year pilot project to allow 100 Mexican carriers to provide door-to-door delivery service from Mexico into the US
In early 2009, Mexico slapped tariffs on 89 U.S. products worth about $2.4 billion in retaliation for a U.S. decision to cancel a cross-border program for Mexican truckers.
The North American Free Trade Agreement required the U.S. to grant Mexican trucks full access by January 2000, but domestic opposition stymied that opening