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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Priorities

  • 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

Press ReleaseApr 25, 2019 - 12:00pm

U.S. Chamber Welcomes USTR Special 301 Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Chamber Senior Vice President of the Global Innovation Policy Center Patrick Kilbride issued the following statement in response to the release of the 2019 Special 301 Report by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR):

Press ReleaseApr 18, 2019 - 11:00am

U.S. Chamber Statement on U.S.-Japan Trade Talks

WASHINGTON, D.C. — David Gossack, Vice President of Asia, U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement today following the conclusion of the first round of trade talks between the United States and Japan.

Press ReleaseApr 17, 2019 - 1:15pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on Cuba and Title III of the LIBERTAD Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement in response to the administration’s announcement relating to Cuba and Title III of the LIBERTAD Act:

Above the FoldApr 16, 2019 - 9:00am
Canadian, American and Mexican flags stand on stage ahead of the first round of North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations in Washington, D.C.

All About That Base(line): How to Interpret the International Trade Commission Report on USMCA

Liberalized trade with Canada and Mexico has been important to the U.S. economy.

Above the FoldApr 15, 2019 - 9:00am
Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (center left) shakes the hand of U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue at the U.S.-Mexico CEO Dialogue in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.

Business Can Strengthen the U.S.-Mexico Relationship

Trade with our neighbor to the south exceeds $1.8 billion daily and supports nearly 5 million American jobs.

Press ReleaseApr 12, 2019 - 4:30pm

U.S. Chamber Co-Hosts 11th U.S.-Mexico CEO Dialogue

CEOs and Senior Government Officials Gather to Discuss the Importance of USMCA and Other Opportunities to Strengthen Economic and Commercial Ties

Above the FoldApr 12, 2019 - 10:45am
European Union and United States flags.

Driving the Strong Economic Relationship Between the U.S. and Europe

More than $3.75 billion in goods and services are traded across the Atlantic each day.

EventApr 08, 2019 - 12:30pm to 6:00pm
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Second Annual Transatlantic Business Works Summit

The summit will underscore the tremendous benefits of the world’s largest and most successful economic relationship.

Above the FoldApr 08, 2019 - 9:00am
Buildings stand in darkness during a power outage in Caracas, Venezuela.

Only Free Enterprise Can Save Venezuela

What happens when a society loses its faith in free enterprise? In a word: Venezuela.

Issue BriefApr 08, 2019 - 9:00am

Transatlantic Business Works - Policy Priorities and Recommendations

As we host the annual Transatlantic Business Works Summit, here are some ideas for American and European policymakers to pursue to strengthen transatlantic economic cooperation and competitiveness.