International Trade and Investment

Selling more of our goods and services around the world is crucial to creating American jobs, helping small businesses, and keeping the United States ahead of its global competitors.

The Chamber wants to negotiate trade and investment agreements that are fair and accountable, that create a level playing field, and that put American families and workers first.

Trade policy can and must benefit all consumers and businesses, including small businesses, which represent 98% of all U.S. exporters.

Projects and Programs

 

 

 


Our Priorities

Secure market-opening trade agreements that deliver free and fair trade for American workers, farmers, and companies.

 

Priorities

  • Support pandemic response by lifting tariffs and other barriers to trade in medical supplies and working with international partners to eliminate export restrictions.
  • Rescind the Section 232 tariffs, which have not advanced the U.S. national security objectives at the heart of the underlying statute while undermining U.S. alliances and trade ties.
  • Press for a China policy that seeks improved access to the Chinese market, advances structural reforms in China and tariff relief through new negotiations, and works with allies globally to counter the challenges posed by China’s state capitalist policies.
  • Advocate for comprehensive, high-standard trade agreements—including with the U.K. and Kenya, in the Asia-Pacific, and by reviving the Trade in Services Agreement negotiations—as well as new digital trade agreements.
  • Secure approval of legislation renewing Trade Promotion Authority, the Generalized System of Preferences, and the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill.
  • Press for reform of laws delegating tariff authority to the Executive by requiring an affirming vote by both chambers of Congress for any new tariffs.
  • Advocate for trade and sustainability initiatives, including moves to eliminate tariffs on environmental goods and a robust outcome in the World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations aiming to discipline fisheries subsidies and thus combat the depletion of fish stocks.
  • Support the benefits of U.S. membership in the WTO and press for reforms to make it more agile as a negotiating forum, including greater use of plurilateral approaches along with reforms to restore its Appellate Body to a fully functional state.
  • Oppose punitive measures relating to supply chains or an excessive reliance on Buy American measures that invite foreign retaliation and instead advance policies to foster resiliency through incentives, mitigate risk through geographic diversity of supply, and avoid new trade barriers.
  • Advocate for a conduct-based approach to economic sanctions that target specific, clearly articulated objectives; favor multilateral measures to ensure effectiveness and avoid backfill; and maintain Executive flexibility to respond to changing circumstances.
  • Support full funding of the federal international affairs budget to advance U.S. economic interests, national security, and humanitarian values.
  • Work to secure ratification of treaties to avoid double taxation concerning taxes on income with Chile, Hungary, and Poland.

Recent Activity

Letters to CongressApr 15, 2021 - 1:30pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on S. 746, the "Trade Security Act"

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Senate, on S. 746, the "Trade Security Act." This bill is on the Legislative Leadership list for the “How They Voted” scorecard.

Above the FoldApr 14, 2021 - 2:30pm
U.S.-Egypt Business relations

From Pharaohs and Pyramids to Post-Pandemic Priorities in Egypt: 4 Ideas for the Biden Administration

Four recommendations for the Biden Administration to strengthen U.S.-Egypt business relations.

EventApr 07, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm

Virtual InSTEP with Ash Carter

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for a session with former Secretary of Defense and Harvard Kennedy School Director of the Belfer Center Ash Carter, moderated by Washington Post Columnist David Ignatius.

EventApr 06, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Bangladesh Forward: U.S.-Bangladesh Business Council Launch

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce invites you to the the launch of its U.S.-Bangladesh Business Council.

Above the FoldApr 01, 2021 - 1:00pm
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

US-China Tariff Fight Leaves SE Asia in the Winner's Circle

The U.S.-China trade conflict presents opportunities for Southeast Asia, many of which grew their U.S. exports since the conflict began.

Above the FoldMar 26, 2021 - 11:15am
Transatlantic economy

New Transatlantic Economy Report Affirms U.S. and Europe Enjoy the World’s Largest Commercial Relationship

Robust and productive engagement is critical in order to mitigate the challenges facing both Europe and the U.S.

CommentMar 25, 2021 - 10:00am

Letter on Proposal to Amend Directive 2013/34/EU (Public Country-by-Country Reporting)

U.S. Chamber submitted comments in advance of trilogue negotiations among the Commission, Parliament, and Council during which they will consider changes to current rules surrounding income tax information whereby country-by-country reporting information would be made public.

ReportMar 24, 2021 - 8:00am
Transatlantic Trade 2021 Report Cover

The Transatlantic Economy 2021

This annual report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU offers the most up-to-date picture of the dense economic relationship binding European countries to America’s 50 states. This year's report highlights that despite transatlantic political turbulence and the COVID-19-induced recession, the U.S. and Europe remain each other’s most important markets. The transatlantic economy generates $6.2 trillion in total commercial sales a year and employs up to 16 million workers in mutually “onshored” jobs on both sides of the Atlantic. It is the largest and wealthiest market in the world, accounting for half of total global personal consumption and close to one-third of world GDP in terms of purchasing power.

Press ReleaseMar 24, 2021 - 8:00am

U.S. Chamber, AmCham EU Release Report Underlining the Resilience of the Transatlantic Economy 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new study from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU), “The Transatlantic Economy 2021,” confirms that the U.S.

Above the FoldMar 22, 2021 - 12:30pm
iraq and us trade and economics

Reimagining the U.S.-Iraq Economic Relationship: 4 Ideas for the Biden Administration

The United States and Iraq must work together to bring about better opportunities and economic prosperity for the Iraqi people to help secure a stable, democratic and growing Iraq.