As we reported last year, the United States and Mexico entered into a cross-border commercial trucking program that’s aim is to make trucking more efficient, especially as the industry is experiencing growth in both domestic shipping and international trucking to Canada and Mexico.

The new cross-border trucking program aims to encourage more commercial trucking trade between Mexico and the United States by making it easier for commercial trucks to cross the border while delivering goods. Three U.S. trucking companies, Plastic Express of California, Stage Coach Cartage and Distribution in Texas and A&R Transport Inc., in Illinois, have also been granted FMCSA authority to cross beyond Mexican commercial zones. More commercial trucking companies are expected to be issued permits in the near future.

In a statement by the Embassy of Mexico, the cross-border commercial trucking agreement was praised as a step forward for the already growing commercial trucking industry in both countries.

“Issuance of operating authority to Transportes Olympic is a positive step taken by the United States to come into full compliance with its commitments on long haul cross-border trucking services under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),” the release said. “This latest development in the 16 year old bilateral trucking dispute follows an agreement announced last March by presidents Calderon and Obama, and as a result Mexico will suspend the remaining retaliatory tariffs on 99 U.S. products that Mexico was forced to impose after a previous trucking pilot program was defunded in 2009.”

The release also stated that the United States and Mexico have a $400 billion annual trade relationship and 70 percent of trade between the two nations is done by commercial trucks. Mexico is the second largest market for United States exports and transportation officials predict that the amount of trade between the two nations via commercial trucks will continue to grow.

The trucking industry nation-wide is enjoying significant growth and the agreement between the U.S. and Mexico is another example of the industry’s commitment to expansion. Because of this growth many job seekers are considering a career as a commercial truck driver. Diesel Driving Academy’s truck driving program is helping students make the transition to this growing job sector by offering instruction that can lead to an individual obtaining a Class A CDL license. Courses cover all facets of commercial truck driving and are helping meet the growing demand for skilled professional drivers.

The commercial truck industry is hiring, which is why Diesel Driving Academy is the perfect place to start your return to the work force. Carriers are in desperate need for professionally trained drivers and students from Diesel Driving Academy are finding some of the best options available in the commercial trucking industry.

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