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Tariffs canceled before start of long-delayed NAFTA program; truck drivers will be monitored
LAREDO, Texas (AP) ' Mexico has canceled tariffs it imposed on American goods in a 2009 dispute over the United States' refusal to allow Mexican trucks to make deliveries deep inside the U.S.
Friday's announcement came just hours before the first Mexican truck was scheduled to cross the border at Laredo, Texas, as part of a long-delayed provision of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
American authorities finally agreed to allow the trucks if they comply with strict monitoring rules. Drivers will be tracked all along their routes, even when they are resting.
The first truck will make a delivery to the Dallas suburb of Garland. The Teamsters and some lawmakers tried to block the program out of fear it would put highway safety and American jobs at risk.