Schuff Steel Company recognizes the importance of staying current with trends that affect business and the industry as a whole. Since 1976, we have prided ourselves on maintaining intimate knowledge of where the steel industry is headed. This practice, along with a forward thinking and an open mindset has supported our lead in complex structural steel development.

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Economic outlook

  • March 8: 25% Section 232 tariffs of the Trade Expansion Act were announced on all countries except EU, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Argentina, Australia and Brazil
  • April 30: Korean Quota agreement was reached that exempt South Korea from tariffs in exchange for Quota on imports
  • May 31: Section 232 tariffs were finalized to include Europe, Canada and Mexico
  • June 15: The Section 301 trade action against China was finalized for part 1 of the investigation. An additional tariff of 25% was imposed on Chinese raw steel products, as well as 818 other items totalling $34 billion in product
  • Part 2 of the Section 301 trade action was also announced, to include an additional $16 billion in various products. The second list includes all products under Harmonized Tariff Codes 7308 – iron and steel bridges, structures and structure parts.


Material pricing increases over the last quarter

  • HSS increased $100.00 per ton
  • Merchants increased $65.00 per ton
  • Beams increased $65.00 per ton
  • H-piling increased $45.00 per ton
  • Sheet-piling increased $150.00 per ton

Flange beams

Schuff Steel - Market Conditions 2018 - Flange Beams

Cut plate

Schuff Steel - Market Conditions 2018 - Cut Plates