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

Press ReleaseOct 13, 2021 - 10:00am

U.S. Chamber Launches Second Wave of Television Advocacy Campaign Against Reconciliation Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today launched a significant, six-figure paid advertising campaign in opposition to the multi-trillion reconciliation bill that poses a significant threat to the American economy.

Issue BriefOct 12, 2021 - 2:30pm

A New Urgency: Next Steps on the U.S. Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

With U.S. steel prices soaring, shortages multiplying, and the EU poised to double its retaliatory duties on U.S. exports, it’s past time for the United States to rescind the so-called Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum. Doing so will avert further harm to American workers and allow the U.S. and its allies to refocus on the true challenges facing global metal markets.

Issue BriefOct 11, 2021 - 10:30am

The Business Case for the WTO — and for its Dispute Settlement System

The continued success of the World Trade Organization (WTO) is critical to the U.S. business community. The global rules-based trading system the WTO embodies has benefited countries around the world — but none more than the United States. And that holds for its dispute settlement system as well.

Letters to CongressOct 05, 2021 - 2:30pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on the "Bicameral Congressional Trade Authority Act"

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

Above the FoldSep 29, 2021 - 4:00pm
Platz der Republik, Berlin, Germany.

Germany Has Voted: What Does it Mean for American Business?

They can continue to expect it to be a productive, predictable, and profitable place to do business.

Letters to CongressSep 29, 2021 - 10:15am

U.S. Chamber Letter on Export-Import Bank Nominations

This Hill letter was sent to Members of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs on the nominations to the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) of Reta Jo Lewis as President and Chair, Judith DelZoppo Pryor as First Vice President, and Owen Herrnstadt as a Member of the Board of Directors.

CommentSep 27, 2021 - 3:15pm

Chamber Policy Recommendations for the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports the new U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC) as a platform to develop common approaches to shared challenges, collaborate on new standards for emerging technologies, enhance bilateral trade and investment, and bolster our competitiveness.   

Above the FoldSep 23, 2021 - 12:15pm
global task force pandemic response boxes

US Businesses Lead COVID-19 Relief Efforts Across the Globe

As different countries across the world continue to feel the devastating effects of the pandemic, we have seen U.S. businesses leading the call to action, working in partnership with governments, to provide much-needed assistance to countries facing surges in COVID-19 cases.  

Letters to CongressSep 21, 2021 - 3:45pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on the FY22 NDAA

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives on the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).