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.

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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.
Breakbulk vessel
05 Mar 2018
Operators of multipurpose vessels and Handysize bulk carriers on semi-liner services from Europe and Asia to the United States are believed to be exposed to an expected reduction in trade volumes.
US steel tariffs - steel production
02 Mar 2018
Largest US maritime import hub warns scheme would hit cargo volumes
28 Jul 2017
Seward & Kissel partner Gary Wolfe has been closing shipping deals on Wall Street for over 30 years. In an exclusive interview with Fairplay, the legal veteran lays out his views on raising capital in New York.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions
13 Jun 2017
The Trump administration is once again unravelling Obama-era policy – this time potentially benefiting shipowners in oil dumping cases. 
08 Jun 2017
Donald Trump’s presidency may not end up being a game-changer for shipping, but it is already having some effects in the LNG sector, and trade-relations issues are heating up.


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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