Trump and Shipping

On January 20th, 2017, Republican Donald J Trump became the 45th president of the United States after his election triumph over Democrat Hillary Clinton. The unexpected outcome of the November 8 presidential election raised many questions and in the months since the Fairplay team has been assessing the shipping implications.

News & Analysis

13 Aug 2018
Tariffs and retaliatory tariffs are snowballing and artificial trade barriers are now threatening to reroute high-volume energy, industrial and agricultural bulk trades. How could tonne-miles be affected?
US President Donald Trump
17 Jul 2018
The White House’ Office of Management and Budget received 60 comments on ways to streamline and reduce US maritime regulatory burdens.
Lance Fritz, president and CEO of Union Pacific Railroad
13 Jul 2018
Escalating trade war between the US and China is delaying vessels calling at US ports, warns Union Pacific Railroad President and CEO Lance Fritz.
Imported cars unloading
18 Jun 2018
US President Donald Trump has threatened to impose new tariffs on automotive imports. If he follows through, the fallout to the car-carrier shipping sector could be substantial.
President Donald Trump
09 May 2018
New US sanctions regime poses potential risks for Iran’s port, tanker, and container ship sectors.
The port of Shanghai saw throughput rise by 11.3%
23 Mar 2018
Year-on-year throughput for the top eight ports in China rose in February, as US President Donald Trump is due to announce USD50 billion in tariffs on imports from China.


No president in recent times has made trade such a high priority and none has had a stated objective of rolling back trade deals rather than expanding them.

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