Tag: freight

A March Commodities Update; PVC, Copper, Steel

What’s happening: Demand for copper, steel and PVC raw material is high Inventories for materials are low Covid-related supply chain disruptions remain Here’s a March, 2021 commodities update. Please call your Merfish United rep for guidance on purchasing, especially as you consider your needs for the spring buying period. We’re able to help you manage […]

The Global Shipping Backup on Video

A video from the U.S. Coast Guard shows the massive backup of container ships waiting to be unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles. As we’ve previously mentioned, Covid-19 disruptions continue to affect the availability of dock workers needed to unload ships and containers. With a backup in Western receiving, containers themselves aren’t able to […]

February Market Update, Import Steel and Shipping Increases

What’s happening: Click here to see our new globally sourced welded steel pipe list price sheet. A global shipping container shortage is causing import prices to skyrocket. Lack of availability of raw materials, including steel, are contributing to high costs. New list price sheets for domestic steel, PVC plumbing, strut and threaded rod released in […]

Container Freight Rates Continue to Surge

As previously mentioned, demand for ocean shipping has maxed out carrier capacity, and carriers are turning bookings away for shipments out of Asia, a major source of Globally Sourced Steel Pipe. Containers are piling up at ports, with 40′ storage containers becoming unavailable. 20′ containers are available, but in short supply and double the normal […]

Chris DeWolfe at the CCJ Summit, credit Aaron Huff

Our Logistics & Inventory Operations Manager on Improving Shipper/Carrier Cooperation

The Commercial Carrier Journal Solutions Summit was recently held in Phoenix, and Chris DeWolfe, our Logistics and Inventory Operations Manager, had the chance to speak on a panel about the new policies and investments United Pipe is making to guarantee efficient and on-time pipe deliveries by freight carriers to our distribution centers. Because of new […]

United Pipe’s Fleet of Trucks Delivers in Tight Freight Market

In an article from The Wall Street Journal, Get in Line: Backlog for Big Rigs Stretches to 2019, you can read more about why with freight demand red-hot, truck manufacturers expect to break records for orders this year, and deliveries will reach deep into next year. We’ve covered the tight freight market before, and you […]

PVC Conduit, United Pipe & Steel Corp.

PVC Conduit Prices Up, Effective 4/30/18

PVC Conduit mills have announced increases from 5-7% which go into effect this Monday, April 30th.  Mills are also instituting new freight minimums, raising their thresholds for delivery of these PVC Conduit products. Click here to see our PVC Conduit products and list price sheet.  Please call your United Pipe representative to place orders before […]

Strut, United Pipe & Steel Corp.

Strut Increase Coming April 30th

Due to Section 232 impacting domestic pricing and import pricing up to 25% on all incoming raw material, along with new trucking regulations which have caused freight costs to increase, mills have  announced a 10-18% price increase, effective Monday April 30th, 2018. Click here to see all of our Strut products and our Strut list […]