Valves report: January 2019
A third round of tariffs did take effect and a 10% duty was applied to certain materials from China as expected. A combination of steady demand and increased tariff risk has pushed valve prices higher.
There has been a substantial increase in prices thus far. The Producer Price Index for metal valves hit 172.2, an all-time high in November. That was 8 points higher than last year when the index was 164.2, a 4.8% increase.
Tariff-related price spikes have also been noted. Many of the valve categories have now been affected, but a few categories were granted exemptions. Thus far about 75% of requested exemptions have been granted. Despite this, domestic commercial valve prices continue to be elevated.
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