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.

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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

Above the FoldMay 10, 2021 - 3:30pm
Myron Brilliant, Head of the U.S. Chamber's International Affairs Division, talks with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

A More Influential New Zealand Emerges

New Zealand's growing influence on the global stage after its effective pandemic response points to an emerging new phase for the country.

Above the FoldMay 06, 2021 - 3:30pm
Nairobi, Kenya

The Opportunities are Vast in a Potential U.S.-Kenya Free Trade Agreement

A trade agreement between the two countries would be the first of its kind between the U.S. and a sub-Saharan African country.

CommentApr 30, 2021 - 10:15am

Chamber Comments on Section 301 Investigations on DSTs

On April 30, the U.S. Chamber submitted comments to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in response to the agency’s Federal Register notices on Digital Services Taxes (DSTs) imposed by Austria, India, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

Above the FoldApr 29, 2021 - 12:30pm
U.S.-Israel

Expanding U.S.-Israel Partnerships in Health Innovation

Learn more about the U.S.-Israel Business Council's bilateral health innovation dialogue.

ReportApr 28, 2021 - 9:00am

U.S.-Kenya Trade Negotiations

This report is an in-depth study regarding a potential free trade agreement (FTA) between the U.S. and Kenya, whose negotiations were launched on July 8, 2020. The report draws on insights from dozens of interviews with business executives and experts, to explore perspectives regarding FTA obligations on products and services traded between the two countries.

EventApr 27, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

India COVID Crisis: How Businesses Can Help

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's U.S.-India Business Council and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation for a call with senior government officials and experts on how the private sector can support relief efforts.

Press ReleaseApr 26, 2021 - 6:00pm

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hosts Sec. Blinken with BRT, CEOs for Meeting on India, Launches Public-Private Partnership to Provide India with Critical Supplies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and CEOs from over 40 companies announced the Global Task Force on Pandemic Response: Mobilizing for India, a new U.S.

Letters to CongressApr 26, 2021 - 3:15pm

U.S. Chamber Letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the FTC's Statutory Authority

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, in advance of a hearing entitled, “The Consumer Protection and Recovery Act: Returning Money to Defrauded Consumers."

Letters to CongressApr 19, 2021 - 4:00pm

U.S. Chamber Letter to the Senate Commerce Committee on the FTC's Statutory Authority

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, in advance of a hearing entitled, “Strengthening the Federal Trade Commission’s Authority to Protect Consumers."