Many companies prefer using domestic steel products, but I don’t think there is much difference between foreign and domestic steel.
Both products have to pass rigorous testing and safety standards.
The safety standards and testing overseas are not quite as stringent as the ones here and that is one of the main differences. I use lots of steel products in my business and I always try to buy American made domestic steel whenever possible. I don’t think there is much of a difference between the steel products, but the American-made products make me feel like I am helping another small business in the area. My small business is important to me and I assume there are other people with small businesses that are just as important to them. I buy all of my steel products from a company that offers both American made and foreign products. The foreign steel products are easily much cheaper than the American made steel products. I buy American-made steel for everything that counts and I buy the cheaper foreign-made steel for the products that don’t matter. The double loop ties that I use on all of the rebar are foreign, but all of the rebar rods are all domestic made. I save quite a bit of money by using the foreign double loop wire ties and I can find them in many different applications. I can also find the double loop wire ties in a variety of different sizes including 14 gauge all the way up to 18 gauge. The double loop wire ties are made of high quality steel, but they are very malleable and flexible.