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






  • Advocate for a modernized NAFTA that retains the extensive benefits of the original agreement while updating rules in areas such as digital trade, IP, and customs, and oppose moves to withdraw from the agreement.
  • Ensure that U.S. trade agreements are consistently and faithfully enforced.
  • Use the Trade Promotion Authority law to reach new trade and investment agreements to ensure a level playing field for U.S. workers, farmers, and companies.
  • Renew the Generalized System of Preferences.
  • Use the reformed Miscellaneous Tariff Bill process to help U.S. manufacturers and other businesses maintain their competitive edge.
  • Represent U.S. business interests in the Brexit negotiations to maintain strong EU-UK trade and investment ties and pave the way for a closer U.S.-UK trade relationship.
  • Restore the U.S. Export-Import Bank to its full breadth of operations to counter the aggressive trade finance operations of other countries’ export credit agencies.
  • Secure a long-term reauthorization of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
  • Work to secure ratification of treaties for the avoidance of double taxation with Hungary, Poland, and Chile and protocols amending existing conventions with Switzerland, Luxembourg, Spain, and Japan.
  • Win congressional approval of permanent normal trade relations with Kazakhstan and its graduation from the Jackson–Vanik amendment to the Trade Act of 1974.

Recent Activity

Above the FoldFeb 19, 2019 - 11:00am
An employee inspects a door at the Honda auto plant in Marysville, OH.

Not Just a Fender Bender: Tariffs Could Wreck the U.S. Auto Sector

Tariffs on autos and auto parts would put a vibrant, job-creating industry at risk.

EventFeb 14, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Keynote Address featuring H.E. Iván Duque Márquez, President of the Republic of Colombia

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will host H.E. Iván Duque Márquez, President of the Republic of Colombia, for a keynote address during his first official visit to Washington, D.C.

ReportFeb 13, 2019 - 3:45pm

Purpose and Prosperity: How U.S. Businesses are Creating Impact in Africa

The report showcases how U.S. corporate investments across Africa, create beneficial economic and social impact by delivering bottom line value for shareholders and communities in which they operate across the continent.

Above the FoldFeb 08, 2019 - 12:30pm
Soybeans are harvested with a combine harvester in Illinois.

Farmers Take it on the Chin with Tariffs

Farm bankruptcies in major farm states have risen to 10-year highs.

Press ReleaseFeb 07, 2019 - 7:00am

U.S. Chamber Releases 2019 International IP Index

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) today released its International IP Index, “Inspiring Tomorrow,” which assesses the intellectual property (IP) environments of 50 world economies. Covering all forms of IP, the report highlights movement in almost half the Index economies over the last year.

LetterFeb 06, 2019 - 4:30pm

Trade Security Act

This letter was sent to both chambers of Congress in support of the “Trade Security Act.”

LetterJan 31, 2019 - 1:00pm

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Letter: Bicameral Congressional Trade Authority Act

January 30, 2019 TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce strongly supports, and urges you to cosponsor, the “BicameralCongressional Trade Authority Act,” and opposes, and urges you to reject calls to cosponsor, the“Reciprocal Trade Act.”

Above the FoldJan 30, 2019 - 5:00pm
The British Union Jack flag flies beside a European Union flag outside the Houses of Parliament in London.

The Harsh Consequences of a No-Deal Brexit

The UK edges closer to crashing out of the EU without a deal.

LetterJan 30, 2019 - 5:00pm

U.S. Chamber letter on the Bicameral Congressional Trade Authority Act of 2019

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce strongly supports, and urges you to cosponsor, the “Bicameral Congressional Trade Authority Act,” and opposes, and urges you to reject calls to cosponsor, the “Reciprocal Trade Act.”

TestimonyJan 29, 2019 - 11:30am

U.S. Chamber Testimony on Proposed U.S.-UK Trade Agreement

Testimony by Marjorie Chorlins, U.S. Chamber vice president of European Affairs and executive director of the U.S.-UK Business Council, delivered during a hearing of the Office of the U.S. Trade Represenative on a proposed U.S.-UK trade agreement.