The Trade War and the Aftermarket


-by Lucas Deal  August 22, 2018

I haven’t touched on it yet in this space, we at Truck Parts & Service and Successful Dealer have been doing our best to keep up with President Donald Trump’s trade war.

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind.

It started on a non-descript Friday morning in March when most in the Western hemisphere woke to see the president had been pounding away on Twitter, telling us all that “trade wars are good, and easy to win.” In the months since using social media to provide the global economy his own unique wake-up call, the president’s tweets and corresponding actions have dominated the world of commerce.

In the transportation sector, most conversations have focused on the president’s first offensive in this new battle: his 25 percent tariff on imported steel and 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum.