For many who work at the Port of Vancouver in Washington along the Columbia River, the impacts of President Donald Trump’s escalating trade war are already here.
“Usually this yard is filled with steel, and I’m not seeing that,” said Cager Clabaugh, the president of the local longshoremen’s union.
Less steel on the docks is a big problem. The Port of Vancouver handles the second-largest volume of imported steel on the West Coast. Steel imports make up about a third of its revenue, and officials are predicting a decline of at least 5 percent this year.