Packaging Cost on the Rise
Mauser USA, manufacturers of industrial packaging solutions, announced a 7.5% price increase on steel drums and a 3.9% increase on the price of IBCs. Mauser attributes the increase to the escalating costs of steel with the enactment of Section 232. The increase is effective with shipments on April 25, 2018.
Based on JobbersWorld’s calculation, the increase adds close to $0.05 a gallon to the cost of lubricants sold in drums and kegs.
For those unfamiliar with Section 232, on March 8, 2018, President Trump exercised his authority under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports, with exemptions for Canada and Mexico, in order to protect our national security. The President’s Section 232 decisions are the result of investigations led by the Commerce Department, after review and comment by other relevant Federal agencies. Customs and Border Protection will begin collecting the tariffs on March 23, 2018