Bloomberg News | June 1, 2009
Mexican truckers sue U.S. for $6 billion
Trucking group Canacar says U.S. isn’t complying with a cross-border trucking plan under NAFTA.
Mexican truckers are seeking $6 billion in compensation from the U.S., alleging that its northern neighbor isn’t complying with a cross-border trucking plan under the North American Free Trade Agreement.
About 4,500 trucking companies represented by the National Freight Transportation Chamber, known by its Spanish acronym, Canacar, are taking part in the lawsuit, the chamber said. The companies say the U.S. hasn’t complied with a 2001 ruling by a panel of judges that the U.S. was violating NAFTA.
The U.S. Congress canceled a pilot program in March that allowed some Mexican trucks to haul goods into the U.S. Mexico retaliated by placing $2.4 billion in import tariffs on U.S. goods including fruits, toothpaste and coffee.
The trucking ban on Mexico "is flagrant discrimination against Mexico and its citizens, which not only violates NAFTA but also ethical principals and fundamental rights recognized internationally," the chamber said in the statement.
The chamber didn’t say in what U.S. court the lawsuit had been filed.