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“As a private company, we are not in position to absorb any increase in duty let alone a duty of this magnitude. We are currently operating in a highly competitive industry and function off razor thin margins. As a result, we will be forced to raise wholesale pricing and delay additional hiring. Our wholesale customers, most of which are publicly traded mass retailers, will most certainly pass along this cost increase to the end user, the American citizens. As publicly traded companies, they are not in position to take a substantial reduction in profitability or run the risk of shareholder upheaval. The implementation of the 25% duty will not shift production of these products to the US and the end result will be increased retail pricing the US citizens will ultimately pay.”