A small number found their Mexican partner through other carriers (n = 3) or through the ATA or Mexico's trucking association, CANACAR
(n = 1).
In a statement, CANACAR
said it approved the signing of a cooperative agreement with Roadway Express and other carriers, since these businesses consented to observe each nation's cabotage laws under the terms of NAFTA.
said the Calderon government should have taken a tougher negotiating stance to allow more truckers access to US highways instead of simply taking the opportunity to repair trade relations with the US.
Michael Archual, Celadon's Executive Vice President -- Mexico, stated, "The distinction CANACAR
has provided Celadon is recognition of both organizations' total commitment to the advancement of Mexico as a key NAFTA trading partner.
president Jose Refugio Munoz said the program only shows a "good intention" if US and Mexican authorities cannot resolve a much larger problem, which is the amount of time it takes for cargo to cross the border into the US.
strongly supported the initiative, most other private business organizations expressed strong reservations about the bill.
also threatened to call for a nationwide transportation strike if Fox decides to allow US trucks greater access to Mexico, as he has hinted.
, the Confederacion Nacional de Autotransporte de Mexico (CONATRAM), and other organizations later questioned the inequities in the US law, which will apply tougher restrictions on Mexican drivers than on US and Canadian counterparts.
By seeking a cancellation of this section of NAFTA, Mexico could block all US trucks from entering into the country, CANACAR
said these guidelines are discriminatory because they are not applied to US and Canadian truck drivers.
But Quintanilla said CANACAR
would offer a more detailed response after officials from the organization have reviewed the new US guidelines with Derbez and Communications Secretary Pedro Cerisola.
35 billion to modernize its aging fleet, which on average is about 16 years old, CANACAR
president Miguel Quintanilla Rebollar recently told reporters.