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Mexico Trucks: Open Letter to Obama

Open letter to President Barack Obama from U.S. companies and organizations urging a speedy resolution to the Mexico truck dispute.
The White House (top) should work with the US Congress (above) to resolve the truck dispute with Mexico, according to an open letter from 141 companies and organizations. (Photos: The White House)

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Dear Mr. President:

Due to the termination of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Cross Border Trucking Pilot Program with Mexico, the United States is now in violation of its bilaterallrade obligations with Mexico on international trucking. On March 19, the Mexican government instituted retaliatory tariffs on $2.4 billion worth of U.S. manufactured and agricultural exports. The undersigned agricultural, manufacturing and services companies and associations urge you to work expeditiously to resolve this dispute and ensure the United States is upholding its bilateral trade obligations with Mexico.

Mexico is a top market for U.S. exports, providing millions ofjobs to U.S. workers. The retaliation is already impacting the ability of a broad range of U.S. goods to compete in the Mexican market, from potatoes and sunscreen to paper and dishwashers. The retaliation measures have the potential to shut out the targeted U.S. products providing an opportunity for our foreign competitors to filI that void and establish themselves as the significant suppliers to Mexico. Over $1.5 billion in U.S. manufactured products and $900 million in U.S. agriculture products are impacted by the retaliatory tariffs. The retaliation puts over 12,000 agricultural and 14,000 manufacturing jobs at risk.

Mr. President, we strongly urge you to work with Congress and quickly resolve the Mexican trucking issue to end retaliatory tariffs. Until this issue is resolved, Mexico's retaliation will continue to economically harm U.S. farmers, manufacturers and service providers and those who work in these industries. This is something our country cannot afford.

Sincerely,

American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)
American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico. A.C.
American Cotton Shippers Association
American Farm Bureau Federation
American Feed Industry Association
American Forest & Paper Association
American Frozen Food Institute
American Institute for International Steel
American Meat Institute
American Nursery & Landscape Association
American Peanut Council
American Peanut Product Manufacturers. Inc.
American Peanuts Shellers Association
American Seed Trade Association
American Soybean Association
Appleton
Apricot Producers of California
Archer Daniels Midland Company
Association of Equipment Manufacturers
Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers
Blue Diamond Growers
Bunge
Business Roundtable
California Agriculture Issues Forum
California Cheny Export Association
California Farm Bureau Federation
California Fig Advisory Board
California Grain and Feed Association
California Grape & Tree Fruit League
California Grape and Tree Fruit League
California League of Food Processors
California Pear Advisory Board
California Pear Growers
California Seed Association
California Strawberry Commission
California Table Grape Commission
California Tomato Growers Association
Campbell Soup Company
Cargill, Incorporated
Caterpillar
Chiquita Brands
Commodity Markets Council
ConAgra Foods, Inc.
Consumer Electronics Association
Continental Express, Inc.
Corn Refiners Association
Croplife America
Distilled Spirits Council of the United States
Emergency Committee for American Trade (ECAT)
Fashion Accessories Shippers Association (FASA)
The Fertilizer Institute
Free Trade Alliance
Frozen Potato Products Institute
General Electric Company
General Mills, Inc.
Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association
Glanbia Foods
Grocery Manufacturers Association
Grower- Shipper Association of Central California
Grower-Shipper Association of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties
Herbalife International of America, Inc.
Hormel Foods Corporation
International Dairy Foods Association
JR Simplot Company
Kraft Foods
Louis Dreyfus Commodities
Magination Consulting International
Mars Incorporated
Mary Kay Inc.
National Association of Manufacturers
National Association of Wheat Growers
National Barley Grower's Association
National Beef Packing Company
National Cattlemen's Beef Association
National Chicken Council
National Christmas Tree Association
National Corn Growers Association
National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
National E lectrical Manufacturers Asso ciation (NEMA)
National Foreign Trade Council
National Grain and Feed Association
National Grange
National Milk Producers Federation
National Oilseed Processors Association
National Pork Producers Council
National Potato Council
National Sorghum Producers
National Sunflower Association
National Turkey Federation
National Watermelon Association
Nisei Farmers League
North American Equipment Dealers Association
North American Millers' Association
Northwest Horticultural Council
Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.
Ohio Alliance for International Trade
Oregon Association o f Nurseries
Pacific Egg and Poultry Association
Personal Care Products Council
Pet Food Institute
Plastic Express
The Procter & Gamble Company
Produce Marketing Association
Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)
Seaboard Foods LLC
Smithfield Foods
Sweetener Users Association
TBM Carriers, Inc
TechAmerica
Texas Citrus Mutual
Texas Vegetable Association
Travel Goods Association (TGA)
Truss World,Inc.
Tyson Foods
U.S. Grains Council
U.S. Apple Association
U.S. Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel
U.S. Canola Association
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Meat Export Federation
U.S. Premium Beef
U.S. Wheat Associates
Unilever United States
United Egg Association
United Egg Producers
United Fresh Produce Association
United States - Mexico Chamber of Commerce
United States Council for International Business
United States Dry Bean Council
US Dairy Export Council
US Hides, Skins and Leather Association
US Rice Producers Association
USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council
USA Poultry & Egg Export Council
USA Rice Federation
Ventura County Agricultural Association
Wal-Mart Stores,Inc.
Western Growers Association
Western Peanut Growers Association
Western United Dairvmen
Wine Institute

Cc: Secretary Ray LaHood, U.S, Department of Transportation
Ce: Ambassador Ron Kirk, U.S. Trade Representative

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