Pondering President Trump’s trade policy and impact on industrial real estate

By Jason Tolliver | AZBIGMEDIA

President Donald Trump’s focus on curbing the trade deficit by bolstering U.S. exports and reducing imports could drive policy changes that impact industrial real estate markets throughout the U.S., Cushman & Wakefield reported in a logistics and industrial research briefing released today. However, the report concludes that a trade war with China or U.S. withdrawal from NAFTA remain unlikely.

“President Trump says he believes in ‘free trade but also fair trade,’ and as policy details emerge, companies will start looking at their supply chain networks to determine the impact on operating costs,” said Jason Tolliver, head of Industrial Research, Americas at Cushman & Wakefield. “The importance of China, Mexico and Canada as export partners makes withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement or a trade war with China unlikely scenarios.”

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