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.
12 May 2017
A new joint trade statement by the United States and China points to an easing of tensions and the potential for higher volumes of LNG at sea.
17 Feb 2017
How could Donald Trump’s presidency impact fees for lawyers and other shipping professionals in New York? To quote one of Trump’s favourite adverbs: ‘Bigly’.
The EU had lifted its sanctions on trading with Iran.
26 Jan 2017
Marine insurers are increasingly wary of Iran-linked risk following Donald Trump’s ascendance to the White House and the possible reinstatement of sanctions.
25 Jan 2017
US president Donald Trump’s backing of the Keystone XL pipeline could increase future tanker demand if new pipeline flows from Canada push seaborne volumes from Venezuela and Mexico towards more distant buyers.
US president Donald Trump signs the executive order withdrawing from the TPP.
24 Jan 2017
China to benefit after the US exits TPP, while Vietnam, Malaysia, and Japan stand to lose – at least in the short term, believes IHS Global Insight's Biswas.


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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