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

An agricultural field in South America
10 Sep 2018
Brazil plays a vital role in the global trade of grains, and exports to China are rising, filling the gap left by the United States.
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.
US President Trump signing tariffs order
09 Mar 2018
US President Donald Trump has approved highly controversial import tariffs on steel and aluminium, raising the risk of retaliatory actions and escalating barriers to seaborne trade.
US flag
09 Mar 2018
President Donald Trump’s plans to slap tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum in an effort to protect US metal producers will hurt South Korea as the country is the third-largest exporter of steel to the United States, after Canada and Brazil.
Lou Anne Bynum, president of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners.
06 Mar 2018
Ports from Long Beach, California, to Delaware warn that President Trump’s import tariffs will stunt growth throughout the supply chain.


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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