Mexican and U.S. cargo trucks will likely have unlimited access to highways in both countries from July 2008, ending a 25-year restriction on cross-border trade, the Mexican government said on Tuesday.
Mexican officials said 100 trucking companies chosen from each country would be able to roam freely from July 15 this year in a year-long program that should precede a full opening of the borders to freight haulers.
"We expect trucks to be able to travel freely throughout North America by the summer of 2008," said Beatriz Leycegui, Mexico's deputy minister for international trade negotiations......
Deputy Transport Minister Manuel Rodriguez acknowledged that there was substantial U.S. opposition to relaxing limits on cross-border traffic. He said Mexican truck companies could operate more cheaply than their U.S. counterparts.
Asked how the two countries had overcome the opposition, he said: "The government of President (George W.) Bush has given us the necessary assurances that they are on board, because they believe in this."
This is what we have to look forward to for the next two years. Bush doesn't have to face the voters again and is going to ram through every item on his rich buddies' nasty little wish list. Somebody's gotta pay the green fees....and it sure ain't gonna be him (kinda like the whopper of a deficit he's leaving behind)