Unfortunately, the burden of paying the current 25% tariffs on Chinese good falls on the everyday metrology consumer. Because companies themselves are responsible for paying the additional cost resulting from these tariffs, they must pass along this cost to the customers by tacking it onto the current prices. If the companies themselves paid this fee, they would no longer be able to remain in business and therefore unable to supply the parts and tools we all rely on. So while the tariffs of today’s politics are intended to hurt the Chinese economy, they are actually having negative repercussions on the American people. In the case of precision measurement, these tariffs are not helping to encourage buying from local businesses because the makers of these devices rely heavily on imported materials. This all trickles down to customers having to pay more to buy what they need.