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Got Milk? Dairy haulers concerned about supply management changes

December 6, 2018 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. — No matter where milk is hauled, questions are being raised about the future of the supply management model that governs how much dairy is produced and processed in Canada. Any changes would have a direct impact on truck shipments between farms and processors.

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The rules of the game are changing in Mexico

November 30, 2018 by John Smith

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico — Daimler has 8,000 Daimler employees in Mexico, and now their work will be guided by a new series of rules. But a new USMCA trade deal is only one of them.

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Equipment manufacturers grapple with ‘new normal’ in trade

October 23, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – Rona Ambrose didn’t have many comforting words for members of the Canadian Transportation Equipment Association (CTEA). Offering a keynote address during the association’s annual meeting, the advisor in recent NAFTA negotiations promised more trade uncertainty to come.

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It’s easy to sing the praises of USMCA … isn’t it?

October 9, 2018 by John Smith

It’s somewhat easy to sing praises of the new United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA) from a trucking perspective. For more than a year, we were left to wonder if Canada would be included in a trade deal at all.

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Trucking, shipping groups dig into USMCA changes

October 3, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – Whether you call it USMCA or the unofficial brand of NAFTA 2.0, North America’s new trade agreement is being greeted with a sigh of relief by transportation industry lobbyists and analysts alike.

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NAFTA No More: Here comes the USMCA

October 1, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – Negotiators from Canada and the U.S. have found common ground for a new trade deal, just ahead of a U.S.-imposed deadline, establishing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Details of the proposed replacement for NAFTA began to emerge late […]

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Kenworth GM discusses market, tariffs and trade

September 28, 2018 by John Smith

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Kenworth general manager Mike Dozier continues to be impressed by market fundamentals that are driving truck sales. Current forecasts for 2018 Class 8 truck sales in Canada and the U.S. sit close to 285,000 units, and […]

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Testing our Metal: Tariffs hit Canada’s trailer makers, upfitters hard

August 17, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – Falcon Equipment had eight to nine months of trailer orders on the books as a July 1 deadline for steel and aluminum tariffs approached. The B.C.-based manufacturer waited as long as it could. But eventually there was no choice.

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Trump, Tariffs and Trucks: A trade war is bad for trucking

June 8, 2018 by John Smith

Apparently Americans see Canada as a security threat. It was surprising news, but there was U.S. President Donald Trump, invoking the role of national security when imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum. “Didn’t you guys burn down the White House?” […]

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Trucking is growing, but watch NAFTA and driver shortage

February 26, 2018 by John Smith

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Trucking activity is surging thanks to an array of economic factors in the U.S., but there would be a steep price to pay if U.S. President Donald Trump follows through on threats to pull out of NAFTA. “NAFTA trade via truck supports over 46,000 jobs in our industry, including nearly 31,000 truck driver jobs,” the ATA’s Bob Costello observed during Omnitracs’ fourth-annual Outlook conference.

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NAFTA transformed truck making

January 23, 2018 by elizabeth

LAS VEGAS, NV – U.S. President Donald Trump continues his threats to pull Canada’s largest trading partner out of NAFTA. But when it comes to heavy truck manufacturing, Canada may have experienced some of the biggest losses.

“If I were Canada, I’d be upset because all the business is gone,” observed Stu MacKay of MacKay and Company, sharing statistics during the annual Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue in Las Vegas.

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NAFTA deal still in question

January 17, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – The future of NAFTA remains uncertain as negotiators prepare for their latest round of meetings, this time in Montreal. Months into discussions, nobody even knows if U.S. President Donald Trump will decide to outright scrap the deal that governs every load of cross-border freight.

With about 10 million trucks crossing between Canada and the U.S. each year, there is plenty of business at stake. A recent survey by Export Development Canada even found that 26% of exporters would shift their business to the U.S. if the agreement was revoked outright.

Trade between the U.S. and Canada tripled between 1986 and 2017, Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association executive director Ruth Snowden observed, during a January 17 seminar hosted by the Fernandes Hearn law firm in Toronto. “If [NAFTA] goes, it could be very significant.”

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Mulroney talks trade, leadership at OTA

December 1, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney brought a message about the importance of leadership and free trade to fleet executives in Toronto today, at a time when the trade agreements he championed are being challenged and renegotiated.
In a speech to the Ontario Trucking Association’s annual meeting, Mulroney referred to NAFTA discussions as “the most important international negotiations in modern history” for Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. And he drew on a series of statistics to prove his point about the value of trade.
“The statistics alone speak to the success of the (Canada-U.S.) Free Trade Agreement,” he said, noting how trade between the countries has tripled since 1989. “With less than 7% of the world’s population, NAFTA produces 29% of the world’s wealth.”
While U.S. President Donald Trump has referred to NAFTA as a terrible deal, Mulroney stressed that our southern neighbors have “done extremely well”, referring to the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.1% as an example.

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Trucking a dominant force in Mexico

November 30, 2017 by John Smith

PUERTO VALLARTA, MX – In Mexico, there is an undeniable link between trucking and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
The nation is now the eighth-largest producer of trucks in the world; the fourth-largest exporter of the vehicles. And related exports now represent 6.3% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product, says Flavio Rivera, president and Chief Executive Officer of Daimler Trucks Mexico.
The nation’s manufacturing facilities produced 191,000 heavy duty vehicles in 2015 alone, with 151,000 built in 2016. Daimler itself has plants in Santiago Tianguistenco, State of Mexico, and Santillo, Coahuila.

Manufacturing in general has been bolstered by free trade agreements with 46 countries, and 80% of available freight now moves by truck as well. Indeed, gone are the days when oil exports dominated the domestic economy.

“The presence of the trucking industry in Mexico has been gaining ground,” Rivera said, during a broad-ranging discussion with industry media in Puerto Vallarta. “All those [manufactured] goods are absolutely moving by trucks.”
Still, Daimler is offering no official comment about ongoing negotiations around the all-important trade deal. The public focus is on business as usual. “We are continuing producing trucks. We are continuing operating efficient factories,” said Rivera. “The manufacturing plants today are in very good shape. Very modern.”

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Trucking groups call for updated NAFTA

October 23, 2017 by John Smith

OTTAWA, ON – Three of North America’s largest trucking associations – the Canadian Trucking Alliance, American Trucking Associations, and Mexico’s CANACAR – have come to the defence of the North American Free Trade Agreement.