Posted September 05, 2018 06:02:31A cargo truck is seen during a demonstration by the Mesilla Valley Transportation company on September 6, 2018 in Mexico’s southern state of Chiapas.
It is one of the world’s largest trucks carrying goods for companies in the United States and other markets.
(Photo by Jorge Guerrero/Getty Images)MEXICO CITY (AP) — A freight truck that could be a global symbol of American ingenuity has been stopped in Mexico.
It was parked on a busy highway in the southern state for a few hours and was eventually turned away, after it was reported it was too heavy.
The Mesilla valley Transportation company said on Twitter that it was a problem of the truck’s axle and that it would be moved to another truck.
It didn’t say how much the vehicle would cost.
The truck was carrying steel goods that were being delivered from a ship in Pennsylvania to Mexico City.
The truck had been in the hands of the company since April and the driver was not on the company’s payroll, company spokeswoman Maria Pineda said.
The company said the truck was loaded with about 30,000 metric tons of steel that was destined for a ship at a port in Pittsburgh, Pa.
A number of trucks carrying similar heavy goods have been stopped before in Mexico because of their weight.
The US has been importing steel from China for a decade, but the country has been criticized for high steel prices and a weak labor market.
In 2016, the US surpassed Mexico to become the world leader in steel imports, surpassing India, the world market.
The Mexican government said on its Twitter account that it had no idea how the truck arrived in the country.
Pineda did not give a total cost of the operation.