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- Outside our borders are markets that represent 80% of the world’s purchasing power, 92% of its economic growth, and 95% of its consumers. Developing countries buy over half of all U.S. exports.
- More than 41 million Americans jobs depend on trade. Half of all manufacturing jobs depends on exports, and one in three acres on American farms is planted for hungry consumers overseas.
- Many foreign 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 Help Americans Compete and Win in the Worldwide Economy
The United States faces a choice to reach out and seize the benefits of international engagement, or retreat into isolationism. This choice is central to the competitiveness of the U.S. economy and the hopes of hardworking citizens pursuing the American Dream.
America has the most open economy and society in the world. Americans appreciate the benefits of engagement by a two-to-one margin, but some question this openness, wondering whether the unfettered flow of goods, capital, and people helps or hurts the average family. While some are hurt -- and should be helped -- the facts will show that the overwhelming majority of Americans derive great benefits from international engagement.
Read the full International Agenda Here
International Policy Staff
- John Murphy, Senior Vice President, International Policy
- Christopher Wenk, Executive Director, International Policy
- Derek Gianino, Director, International Policy
- Elizabeth Guillot, Coordinator, International Policy
Center for Global Regulatory Cooperation (GRC)
- Sean Heather, Vice President, Center for Global Regulatory Cooperation GRC and Executive Director, International Policy & Antitrust Policy
- Alex Botting, Senior Manager, Center for Global Regulatory Cooperation
- Kara Sutton, Senior Manager, Center for Global Regulatory Cooperation
- GRC Website
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce writes to the Honorable Robert Lighthizer to ensure that he urges NAFTA partners avoid innovation-inhibiting practices that undermine the benefits of trade during his negotiations. The letter focuses on digital priorities including electronic transmissions and cyber-security.
Despite a number of challenges, the U.S. business community continues to regard the WTO as indispensable. The global rules-based trading system it embodies has benefited the United States and the entire world. Eight successful multilateral negotiating rounds have helped increase world trade from $58 billion in 1948 to well above $20 trillion today.
During the past few decades, Congress and the executive branch have repeatedly imposed unilateral economic sanctions on a variety of countries in the pursuit of foreign policy goals. With so few positive results—and so many unintended consequences—it’s time for a fresh look at U.S.
Faced with fierce international competition to devise the products and services of tomorrow, companies are constantly seeking access to workers with cutting-edge skills. While many of the world’s top scientists, researchers, and engineers are U.S.
With most of the world’s population and economic growth squarely centered in the developing world, U.S. companies are increasingly reliant on emerging economies. In fact, over half of U.S. exports now go to developing countries. Accordingly, the U.S.