International Affairs Division

The U.S. Chamber’s International Affairs Division advocates for free enterprise, competitive markets, and rules-based trade and investment as the path to opportunity and prosperity for all. The Division’s staff of 100 regional and policy experts advances these principles before the U.S. and foreign governments as it works to shape trade and investment policies and help companies succeed in international markets.

International Region Detail

International Regional Program Map

Our program and business development experts operate in seven geographic regional teams—Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, Eurasia, Middle East, and South Asia.

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About Us

The International Affairs Division of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce leads the business community’s efforts to shape global policy. 

Headquartered near the White House—and with representatives in key foreign capitals—the U.S. Chamber’s International Affairs Division is a powerful advocate for international economic engagement. Our experts work with leaders in business and government to vigorously advance pro-business trade and investment policies that create jobs and spur economic growth.

With unparalleled access to key decision makers in the United States and abroad, we are working to expand U.S. companies’ access to the 95% of the world’s population that lives beyond our borders. We have made significant progress in recent years, but there is still much work left to do.

The U.S. Chamber’s International Affairs Division has 100 policy experts and advocates based in our Washington, D.C. headquarters, as well as in Belgium, Brazil, China, Ghana, India, and Korea.

Key Assets

  • The American Chambers of Commerce Abroad, part of the U.S. Chamber Federation, includes 118 American Chambers of Commerce in 105 countries all around the globe.
  • The Chamber’s 20 bilateral business councils work to advance commercial relations between the United States and key markets around the globe, including Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Hong Kong, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, India, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Mexico, Pakistan, South Africa, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
  • The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), an independent, non-profit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber, helps emerging nations develop the free market practices and democratic institutions they need to succeed in the global economy.
  • The U.S. Chamber’s International Policy Committee (IPC) develops our policy positions relating to international trade and investment and makes recommendations to the Chamber’s board of directors. 

Services

  • Unparalleled advocacy on member issues in Washington and abroad
  • Customized business development and high-level government relations support
  • Access to heads of state and government and other senior foreign and U.S. officials
  • Regular updates on trade and investment developments globally

 

If your company is interested in getting engaged or learning more about the U.S. Chamber's International Affairs Division, please contact Molly McCarthy, International Business Development MMcCarthy@uschamber.com 

Recent Activity

Above the FoldSep 09, 2021 - 7:45am
The Capitol Building, National Assembly of Venezuela in Caracas

Overhaul of U.S. Sanctions Policy Toward Venezuela is Long Overdue

Overhauling a U.S. sanctions policy toward Venezuela that has produced myriad negative unintended consequences is long overdue.

Issue BriefAug 17, 2021 - 3:00pm

Digital Commerce at the Crossroads: The Case for a Digital Trade Agreement

Burgeoning export opportunities for U.S. small businesses and service industries are endangered by the proliferation of data localization measures and other forms of digital protectionism in foreign markets. This paper makes the case that the best defense against this trend is a good offense. The United States must act swiftly to strengthen international rules by forging a digital trade agreement with willing partners in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Letters to CongressJul 29, 2021 - 8:00am

U.S. Chamber Letter on Antitrust Legislation to the Senate Judiciary Committee

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, on several bills scheduled to be considered during a July 29 hearing.

CommentJul 23, 2021 - 10:00am

U.S. Chamber Letter on EU Merger Regulation

This letter was sent to the Director-General for Competition at the European Commission to express the Chamber's serious concerns in relation to the European Commission Guidance on the application of the referral mechanism set out in Article 22 of the EU Merger Regulation.

Letters to CongressJul 19, 2021 - 9:45am

U.S. Chamber Letter on H.R. 2668, "Consumer Protection and Recovery Act"

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, opposing H.R. 2668, the "Consumer Protection and Recovery Act."

Letters to CongressJul 12, 2021 - 1:15pm

Coalition Letter on the FTC's Authority

This Coalition letter was sent to the Members of the Senate Committee Commerce, Science, and Transportation on the Federal Trade Commission's statutory authority and H.R. 2668, the "Consumer Protection and Recovery Act."

Letters to CongressJul 01, 2021 - 9:30am

U.S. Chamber Letter on Antitrust Legislation

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, opposing H.R. 3849, H.R. 3816, H.R. 3825, and H.R. 3826. These bills are on the Legislative Leadership list for the “How They Voted” scorecard.

Letters to CongressJul 01, 2021 - 8:00am

U.S. Chamber Letter on FY22 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the House Committee on Appropriations on Fiscal Year 2022 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations.

CommentJun 29, 2021 - 2:15pm

U.S. Chamber Comments to the FTC on July 1 Open Meeting

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce writes to express our concerns with the Open Meeting scheduled for July 1, 2021 that was noticed on June 24, 2021.[1]  Although the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”) has expressed its intention to “open the work of the Commission” to the public, the FTC has failed to provide meaningful notice or adequate opportunity to comment on the pending items to be voted upon on July 1.