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An Analysis of an Alliance: NAFTA Trucking and the US Insurance Industry 1
Bradly Condon
Professor, Department of Business, Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico

I n t e rn ational L aw

Tapen Sinha
Seguros Comercial America Chair Professor, Department of Actuarial Studies, Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico and Professor, School of Business, University of Nottingham
In the NAFTA, the United States agreed to phase out restrictions on the operation of Mexican trucking companies in the United States. When the deadlines came, the Clinton Administration chose to maintain the restrictions. Following a NAFTA panel ruling against the United States, the Bush Administration announced it would remove the restrictions. The decision has met with opposition from both truckers and insurers in the United States, who cite safety concerns. This article examines the economic, political and legal forces at work in this debate, as well as the relationship between the NAFTA and WTO rules on trade in services that apply. Keywords: NAFTA; insurance; trucking; WTO

Introduction y a 285–143 roll call, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on June 26, 2001, that it would block the Transportation Department from issuing permits that would let Mexican trucks operate throughout the United States. This vote is the result of opposition from both the Democrats and the Republicans. The Democrats were pushed hard by the truckers’ lobby and the Republicans by the insurance lobby in Washington. E d i t o rial Office: 410 22nd St. E . , Suite 820, S a s k a t o o n , S K , C a n a d a , S7K 5T6. Phone (306) 244-4800; Fax (306) 244-7839; e m a i l : Ke rr. w @ s k . s y m p a t i c o. c a

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