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

Trade and investment agreements that are fair and accountable create a level playing field and put American families and workers first. 

Priorities

  • Secure enactment of the U.S.-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA) to retain the benefits of free trade in North America. 
  • Support continued negotiations to address China’s unfair trade and industrial policies. 
  • Advocate for the termination of U.S. tariffs on imports of steel, aluminum, and a wide range of goods from China—and threatened against imports of autos and auto parts—as taxes on American families and businesses that undermine U.S. competitiveness. 
  • Support the negotiation of ambitious, comprehensive trade agreements with Japan, the European Union (EU), and the U.K. that hew closely to the negotiating objectives established in the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (known as Trade Promotion Authority). 
  • Represent U.S. business interests in the Brexit negotiations and the U.K.’s negotiations to secure a new trade agreement with the EU that guarantees continuing, strong commercial ties. 
  • Ensure that the implementing regulations for the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (FIRRMA) keep the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) focused specifically on legitimate national security concerns associated with inbound investment. 
  • Advocate for a balanced approach in implementing regulations for the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 that protects national security without unduly hindering legitimate commerce. 
  • Win congressional approval of permanent normal trade relations with Kazakhstan and its graduation from the Jackson-Vanik amendment to the Trade Act of 1974. 
  • 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 for the avoidance of double taxation with respect to taxes on income with Chile, Hungary, and Poland. 

Recent Activity

Above the FoldJan 16, 2020 - 6:15pm
Congress

USMCA Crosses Finish Line After Three-Year Marathon

USMCA has been three years in the making, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was involved at every step.

Press ReleaseJan 16, 2020 - 11:45am

U.S. Chamber Applauds Senate Passage of the USMCA

Today, U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas J. Donohue hailed Senate passage of USMCA as a historic bipartisan victory for all Americans, especially manufacturers, farmers, and service providers.

Above the FoldJan 16, 2020 - 9:00am
USMCA Trade

USMCA Approval Promises Certainty for North American Trade

The U.S. Senate passed the implementing bill for USMCA, preserving and strengthening our ties with Canada and Mexico.

Press ReleaseJan 15, 2020 - 12:00pm

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Signing of Phase 1 Trade Agreement Between the U.S. and China

Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce welcomed the signing of a Phase 1 trade deal between the U.S. and Chinese governments.

Letters to CongressJan 15, 2020 - 10:15am

Coalition Letter to the Senate on the USMCA

This Coalition letter was sent to the United States Senate supporting the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

Letters to CongressJan 15, 2020 - 10:15am

U.S. Chamber Key Vote Letter on the USMCA Implementation Act

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to the United States Senate, supporting the "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Implementation Act."

CommentJan 14, 2020 - 9:00am

Joint Statement on WTO Trilateral Discussions

The trilateral discussions between the European Union, Japan and the United States need to deliver concrete proposals that restore the global level playing field with regards to market distortive practices.  

Above the FoldJan 13, 2020 - 11:45am
US, EU

A Fresh Start for Transatlantic Relations

Now is the time to focus on opportunities that will benefit both sides of the Atlantic.

CommentJan 10, 2020 - 3:45pm

U.S. Chamber of Commerce ICTS Supply Chain Comments

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) respectfully submits the following comments in response to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s (Department) request for comment on the proposed rule to implement Executive Order 13873 (EO), Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain (rulemaking or proposal). This proposal would provide the U.S. government with the authority to intervene in, block, and unwind certain information and communications technology and service (ICTS) transactions on national security grounds.

CommentJan 10, 2020 - 3:45pm

Multi Association Letter - ICTS Supply Chain Proposed Rule

The undersigned associations respectfully submit this letter on behalf of our member companies regarding the U.S. Department of Commerce’s (“Department” or “Commerce”) proposed rule to implement Executive Order 13873, Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services (“ICTS”) Supply Chain (“proposed rule” or “proposal”). As written, the proposed rule would provide the U.S. government with the authority to intervene in, block, and unwind certain ICTS transactions on national security grounds. As longtime partners in the U.S. government’s efforts to provide national security while strengthening our economy and technology leadership, we welcome the opportunity to share an overview of our members’ views on the proposed rule. We look forward to working with the Department to shape a rule that both addresses national security risk while simultaneously supporting U.S. innovation and promoting the growth of the U.S. economy.