Trump Tariffs Could Make Metal Baseball Bats More Expensive

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  1. InTheLight Well-Known Member
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    President Trump’s announcement on Thursday that he plans stiff tariffs on steel and aluminum imports sent stocks tumbling and prompted fears of a trade war. The news has also led consumers to worry about the cost impact on cars, appliances, or anything in a can, like soup or beer.

    But there’s another surprise item where the tariffs would have a significant impact: baseball bats.

    More than 90% of baseball bats used in the U.S. are made of aluminum. In professional baseball, players use wood bats, but in college, high school, and at the youth level, with some exceptions, metal bats (or “non-wood”) are the default.

    The vast majority of U.S. bat makers who sell metal bats import the bats fully finished. That’s what Rawlings, Easton, and Louisville Slugger do, to name a few of the biggest. If the tariff is only on raw materials, those brands won’t be affected. Only the very small portion of American bat makers who import raw aluminum and then make their metal bats in the U.S. would see their costs rise. (They mostly get their aluminum from Canada, by the way, not China; 56% of imported aluminum to the U.S. comes from Canada, according to USGS, while only 6% comes from China.)

    But if the tariff is on finished goods, metal bat makers will feel major pain; it would roil the industry. And they will have to pass that cost increase on to the consumer.


    Trump tariffs could make metal baseball bats more expensive
     
  2. Calminian Well-Known Member
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    Oh noooooo! And a crack down on illegal immigration could raise the price of lettuce! Noooooo!

    Me, personally, I'll pay a little more for lettuce and artificially low-priced job-stealing steel products. But that's just me.
     
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    We need more cheap labor and more illegals voting?
     
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    I think Trump prefers wood bats, so not a problem:
     
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    OK. Pay more for a ball bat.

    In case you are missing it, Trump is doing this to pressure Canada to sign the new NAFTA.
     
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    Yeah, I got that. But today's news says he's carved out an exemption for Canada and Mexico. So that negotiating ploy is shot.
     
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    The news I just heard was signing NAFTA was the exception.
     
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    The exception is temporary, and yes you nailed it.
     
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    The spin I read was that Trump would take away the exemptions if they don't sign the new NAFTA agreement. So they get the exemption so long as they end up making concessions to the US in the NAFTA agreement.
     
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    The BB member named "Reynolds" doesn't have a problem with people paying more for aluminum.

    Ironic.
     
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    Why? Nor do I nor most Americans. We feel the same way about lettuce, as we oppose illegal immigration.
     
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    I don't get any of that money.
     
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    While there is not currently a timetable, the exemptions for Canada and Mexico "are not open-ended" and will depend on whether changes are made to NAFTA that satisfy Trump, the administration official added. The proclamations also can be amended in other ways "to preserve our national security."

    "I have a feeling we're going to make a deal on NAFTA," Trump said.
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