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The program was brought to an abrupt halt in March of 2009 when an amendment ending the program was passed as part of an omnibus spending bill. The 1 1/2-year-old pilot program gave access to up to 500 Mexican trucks to drive deeper into the United States.
The North American Free Trade Agreement was supposed to allow Mexican trucks full access to U.S. roadways by 1995, however, opposition led by safety advocates and organized labor managed to keep the borders closed to Mexican trucks, more-or-less. Since 1982, Mexican trucks have been allowed to go 20 miles deep into the U.S., at which point they must unload their cargo onto an American truck.
In response to Congress cutting off funds for the program last year, the Mexican government imposed a slew of tariffs on 90 U.S. imports totaling $2.4 billion. Mexican officials have rotated those tariffs periodically to hit as many industries, businesses and parts of the country as possible.
White House officials pointed to the trucking deal as a sign of good relations. Mexico would eliminate half the $2.4 billion in punitive tariffs on pork, cosmetics, Christmas trees, chemicals, pet food and hundreds of other products once the deal is final, perhaps by next month, officials said. It would erase the rest when one of its trucking companies is approved to operate in the United States.
All Mexican trucks will be required to have electronic on- board recorders that track compliance with hours-of-service and related laws, according to the White House. In addition, the Department of Transportation will review drivers' records, ensure they all understand English and require that they are tested for drugs
they will bring from drug and illegal immigrants trafficking along with a variety of black market.