Crackdown On Canadian Trucks Put On Hold

October 5, 1998

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Oct. 6 – Tough inspections of Canadian trucks entering northern prairie states will be put on hold now that officials from the United States and Canada have agreed to trade talks.
Seven states have been scrutinizing trucks for several weeks, especially those carrying agricultural products from Canada. The inspections were meant to send a message about what the states saw as unfair trade practices. South Dakota was the first. U.S. truckers have been caught in the middle of the trade war, as well.
In a letter to U.S. trade negotiator Peter Scher, Montana Gov. Marc Racicot said he and the governors of South Dakota, Idaho, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wyoming will halt the intensive enforcement campaign, as long as the discussions address U.S. farmers’ complaints. If talks break down or do not proceed with “due diligence,” the states will consider reviving the truck inspections.

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