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


Priorities for 2018

  • 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 ReleaseMar 16, 2018 - 11:00am

U.S. Chamber to Launch Defense and Aerospace Export Council

Keith Webster Hired to Serve as President

Press ReleaseMar 15, 2018 - 3:30pm

U.S. Chamber’s Donohue Comments on Potential Tariffs against China

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue today issued the following statement regarding potential tariffs against China: “The administration is right to focus on the negative economic impact of China’s industrial policies and unfair trade practices, but the U.S. Chamber would strongly disagree with a decision to impose sweeping tariffs.

Above the FoldMar 15, 2018 - 5:00am

Six Wins as KORUS Turns Six

U.S. exports of both goods and services to South Korea hit record levels in 2017.

Above the FoldMar 08, 2018 - 9:00am
Saudi Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud visiting the U.S. Chamber.

The Pivotal Role Women Will Play in Saudi Arabia’s Economic Future

Women will play a pivotal role in helping to unlock the country's vast potential.

LetterMar 07, 2018 - 2:30pm

U.S. Chamber, U.S.-Pakistan Business Council Letter on Pakistan Joining WTO Information Technology Agreement

The U.S. Chamber's U.S.-Pakistan Business Council (USPBC) joined  a number of associations in the U.S. and Pakistan in sending a letter to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi encouraging the Government of Pakistan to embrace the immediate and long-term benefits of joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) Information Technology Agreement (ITA) and its expansion.

Press ReleaseMar 07, 2018 - 11:00am

U.S. Chamber’s Donohue Comments on Prospects of Trade War

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today:

Above the FoldMar 06, 2018 - 4:30pm
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) spoke at the 2018 Outlook on the Americas AACCLA’s Annual Spring Meeting in Miami.

Here are 3 Opportunities for the U.S. to Strengthen Economic Engagement in its own Neighborhood

Uncertainty is the watch word for the business community in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Above the FoldFeb 28, 2018 - 9:00am
Arizona state flag

How One Border State is Paving the Way for NAFTA-Powered Jobs and Growth

A new NAFTA must be built through a practical and business-savvy modernization.

EventFeb 27, 2018 - 8:00am to 3:00pm

2018 Invest in America! Summit

The Invest in America! Summit brings together global investors and U.S. stakeholders to discuss benefits and challenges of foreign investment in the U.S., and to promote opportunities for partnership.

Above the FoldFeb 14, 2018 - 1:15pm
Supercritical fluid extraction equipment.

30 Years, 300 Jobs: How One Immigrant Entrepreneur Built a Booming Pittsburgh Business through Trade and Innovation

Being able to export to international markets has been an essential part of Thar Process' success.