The National Cattlemen's Beef Association's (NCBA) Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall issued the following statement regarding the Jan. 6, release of a proposal to resolve the U.S.-Mexico cross-border trucking dispute:

“The Obama administration’s announcement is a step in the right direction and comes not a moment too soon. It is critical for all farmers and ranchers and for the entire U.S. economy that this long-running U.S.-Mexico trucking dispute comes to an immediate resolve. The retaliatory tariffs Mexico has placed on U.S. agricultural exports as a result of this dispute is costing the U.S. an enormous amount of money and jobs. This is a good first step but it is of little value if our countries do not move forward to end the dispute as expeditiously as possible.

“President Obama has expressed an ambitious and admirable goal to double exports in the next five years. We believe that is possible if we work on market access and defense. We cannot expect to double exports if we allow disputes like this one to linger rather than seek immediate resolve. Mexico has been, and continues to be, an outstanding trading partner for U.S. cattlemen and women. Jeopardizing this trade relationship would be detrimental to the U.S. beef industry.

“We urge the administration to work with the Mexican government to reach a commonsense solution that is in the best interest of job creation and sustainability. We encourage members of Congress to proactively support this effort to end the dispute.”