The JWC is a binational group whose primary focus is to cooperate on land transportation planning and the facilitation of efficient, safe, and economical cross-border transportation movements. The group is comprised of transportation professionals from FHWA and the Mexican Secretariat of Communication and Transportation (SCT). In addition to FHWA and SCT, the members of the JWC include representatives from the U.S. Department of State (DOS), the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Relations (SRE), the four U.S. border state Departments of Transportation (DOT), and the six Mexican border States.The General Services Administration (GSA) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the Department of Homeland Security also participate in JWC meetings. Click here to find out more about JWC members, including contact information, and review the U.S. - Mexico Border Planning Fact Sheet:
The JWC promotes effective communication concerning transportation planning between U.S. - Mexico Border States and works to develop a well-coordinated land transportation planning process along the border. Among other efforts, the JWC works to:
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the United States, Canada, and Mexico entered into force on January 1, 1994. In light of the further development of economic and commercial relations associated with the Agreement, the United States and Mexico recognized the need for a well-coordinated transportation planning process along the border.
Accordingly, on April 29, 1994, the United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) and the SCT signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), establishing the JWC. A second binational MOU was signed in October 2000. This MOU reinforced the working relationship developed over the years and provided direction for the group in the future.