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Old 03-05-2011, 04:28 PM
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Default U.S., Mexico reach truck deal

President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderón agreed Thursday to remove most restrictions on trucking across the U.S.-Mexico border, sparking furor from the Teamsters and raising concerns for truckers on both sides of the border — for different reasons.

The American Trucking Association praised the announcement, saying it will promote trade. The Teamsters and certain trucking companies oppose the deal, saying it sacrifices American jobs when unemployment is high so that big business can save money partly by hiring cheaper drivers.

The Obama-Calderón plan comes 17 years after passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which permitted cross-border trucking. Implementation efforts have faced stiff challenges, including lawsuits, over the years from unions and some lawmakers. Critics have cited what they see as environmental and safety deficiencies among Mexican truckers.
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