FMCSA Clears More Cross-Border Trucking Companies

U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration cleared the second American and second Mexican trucking companies to participate in its Cross-Border Trucking Demonstration Project since the one-year demonstration was launched Sept. 6. San Diego-based IBC, Inc. and Mexicali-based Transportes Rafa have both received authority to make long-haul deliveries in Mexico and the United States, respectively.

"We are enforcing tough safety standards at every stage of this demonstration as we tap into this unique opportunity to compete in new markets and increase border trade efficiency," said John Hill, FMCSA administrator. "There is tremendous potential to reduce costs for American consumers and businesses while maintaining safety on American roads."

According to FMCSA, thousands of Mexican commercial trucks operate every day in U.S. cities like San Diego and El Paso and last year made more than 4 million crossings into border commercial zones, which extend approximately 20-25 miles into the United States. U.S. commercial trucks, however, have never had the authority to operate in Mexico. Last Week, Stagecoach Cartage and Distribution, of El Paso, made the first trip ever into Mexico as part of the demonstration project.

For more information, visit www.dot.gov.

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