Trade and International Investment
International Trade and Investment
The U.S. Chamber works every day to build bridges to promising markets abroad, to tear down the barriers that shut U.S. exports out of foreign markets, and to secure a brighter future where international commerce generates economic growth and job creation at home.
- Outside our borders are markets that represent 80% of the world’s purchasing power, 92% of its economic growth, and 95% of its consumers.
- More than 38 million American jobs depend on trade. One in three manufacturing jobs depends on exports, and one in three acres on American farms is planted for hungry consumers overseas.
- Many countries still maintain steep tariffs and other barriers against U.S. exports, while the U.S. market is largely wide open. American workers and farmers deserve the opportunity to compete—and succeed—on a level playing field.
The U.S. Chamber’s Plan to Expand Trade and International Investment
- Renew the president’s authority to negotiate new trade agreements in close consultation with Congress, known as Trade Promotion Authority.
- Reach new trade and investment agreements to ignite U.S. economic growth, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade accord with the European Union, and the proposed International Services Agreement.
- Preserve a level playing field for U.S. exporters by ensuring continued access to trade finance through the U.S. Export-Import Bank.
- Negotiate additional bilateral investment treaties with major markets around the globe.
- Modernize U.S. export controls to enhance national security and competitiveness.
- Boost business and leisure travel and the jobs it sustains by improving the visa process and expanding the Visa Waiver program.
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