Steel is a commodity that can be used in a product to add to its value and make a profit. In a capitalist country, you try to find the lowest price for commodities to maximize profit. There are many types of specialty steel alloys and different nations have different capabilities, which is why is is more pragmatic to import from those sources than trying to replicate them here. Also the perception of where steel is imported from is very different than reality.
Basically the US does not have the capacity to produce the quantity and variety of steel alloys that are currently imported.
Oct 14, 2017