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

Above the FoldJan 18, 2019 - 10:00am
Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in London, England.

UK Parliament Rejected May’s Brexit Deal – What’s Next?

There are now just 70 days remaining before the UK is slated to leave the EU.

CommentJan 16, 2019 - 12:15pm

Submission on the Indo-Pacific Strategy

On January 16, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its various bilateral business councils submitted comments in response to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration’s Federal Register Notice on Energy, Information and Communication Technology, and Infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific Region.

Press ReleaseJan 15, 2019 - 2:45pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on UK Parliament Brexit Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marjorie Chorlins, executive director of the U.S. Chamber's U.S.-UK Business Council, issued the following statement today in response to the UK Parliament vote on Brexit: 

Above the FoldJan 14, 2019 - 1:30pm
U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue delivering the 2019 State of American Business address.

Keeping Up the Economic Momentum in 2019

We look forward to working with all our leaders to keep our country on the path to greater prosperity.

LetterJan 11, 2019 - 4:30pm

United States Reciprocal Trade Act

This letter was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives, opposing the United States Reciprocal Trade Act.

Press ReleaseJan 10, 2019 - 9:30am

U.S. Chamber’s Donohue: Preserve, Strengthen, and Expand the American Dream

Immigration, Infrastructure, Trade, and Corporate Governance Top 2019 Agenda Alongside Call for Bipartisanship

Above the FoldJan 07, 2019 - 6:15pm
Tom Donohue at the 2018 State of American Business

It was a Busy and Productive 2018 for the U.S. Chamber

Last year was full of accomplishments. 2019 will be no different.

Above the FoldDec 19, 2018 - 3:15pm
France's ministry of finance headquarters in Paris.

France Moves (Too) Quickly on A Digital Tax

Any measures should be adopted only after constructive dialogue among countries about modernizing the international taxation system.

CommentDec 14, 2018 - 9:00am

Comments on Negotiating Objectives for a U.S.-EU Trade Agreement

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice President for European Affairs Marjorie Chorlins testified at a USTR hearing outlining U.S. private sector priorities for a U.S.-EU FTA on December 14, 2018.

Press ReleaseDec 13, 2018 - 4:00pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on Trump Administration’s Africa Strategy

Strategy Will Develop “Prosper Africa” Initiative to Strengthen Economic TiesWASHINGTON, D.C. — Scott Eisner, president of the U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-Africa Business Center, today released the following statement regarding the Trump administration’s announcement of a new Africa strategy: