Since the moment the tariffs were announced on steel and aluminum there has scarcely been a day that aspects of the plan have not changed. The imposition across the board then allowed exemptions for Canada and Mexico and then other nations were shown how they might also escape them. Was this a part of a bigger negotiation tactic aimed at China or really an effort to help steel makers? We really don't know but we are seeing reactions from steel users, and the construction sector is the most important of these - accounting for over 40% of steel consumption in the US. We will explore the latest and wait for the next round of changes.
This was the first of two Virtual Seminars on the recently announced steel and aluminum tariffs, the follow-up session, "Impact of Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on Contractor Pricing" was held on April 24th and addressed the legal and contractual issues that contractors may face as a result of price increases caused by the tariffs.
Dr. Christopher Kuehl
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Armada Corporate Intelligence
Dr. Christopher Kuehl (PhD) is a Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence and one of the co-founders of the company in 1999. He has been Armada’s economic analyst and has worked with a wide variety of private clients and professional associations in the last ten years. He is the Chief Economist for the National Association for Credit Management and is on the Board of Advisors for their global division – Finance, Credit and International Business. He prepares NACM’s monthly Credit Managers Index. He is the Economic Analyst for the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association and writes their bi-weekly publication, Fabrinomics, which details the impact of economic trends on the manufacturer.
Chris is the chief editor for the Business Intelligence Briefs, distributed all over the world by business organizations and he is one of the primary writers (with Keith Prather) for the Executive Intelligence Briefs. He also makes close to a hundred presentations each year to business and industry associations in the US and overseas. He is on the Board of the Business Information Industry Association in Hong Kong and serves as a resource for the media and for many trade publications.
Chris has a doctorate in Political Economics and advanced degrees in Soviet Studies and Asian Studies and was a professor of international economics and finance for over 15 years prior to starting Armada.