Mexican truckers to be allowed in U.S.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderón on Thursday agreed tentatively to open up U.S. highways to Mexican trucks — a step that finally could put the United States in permanent compliance with the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement.

Mexico proposes to cut in half its retaliatory tariffs on 99 U.S. products exported to Mexico immediately upon completion of a final proposal. Once the first Mexican trucking company is authorized to make deliveries beyond the border zone, the remaining half of the tariffs will be removed, the White House said.

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