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

Press ReleaseMar 26, 2019 - 8:00am

Driving Economic Competitiveness through Intellectual Property Policy in ASEAN

Bangkok - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) today hosted Driving Economic Competitiveness through Intellectual Property Policy in ASEAN to showcase how intellectual property fuels innovation, creativity, and competition across the globe.

ReportMar 20, 2019 - 7:00am

The Transatlantic Economy 2019

The Transatlantic Economy 2019 report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU documents the strength of the transatlantic economy, but also warns that accumulating frictions between the United States and Europe are testing the resilience of the world’s largest bilateral commercial relationship.

EventMar 18, 2019 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Brazil Day in Washington featuring H.E. Jair Bolsonaro, President of the Federative Republic of Brazil and his Ministerial Delegation

The conference will address the economic reforms underway in Brazil, the business and investment opportunities that exist, and areas for enhanced cooperation on bilateral, regional and global issues.

Press ReleaseMar 15, 2019 - 3:00pm

U.S. Chamber Issues Statement on USTR's Request for Consultations Under KORUS

WASHINGTON, D.C. Charles Freeman, U.S. Chamber senior vice president for Asia, issued the following statement regarding the United States Trade Representative's first-ever request for consultations under the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS). 

Press ReleaseMar 14, 2019 - 3:15pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on UK Parliament Vote to Delay Brexit

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

EventMar 13, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Image courtesy of David Bohrer/ U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Ireland, Gateway of the Atlantic: A Conversation with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

On March 13, the Chamber hosted Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar for a member’s roundtable discussion and a public event highlighting Ireland’s growing role at the heart of the transatlantic relationship. Varadkar is in Washington as part of his annual St. Patrick’s visit to the United States.

Press ReleaseMar 12, 2019 - 4:00pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on Brexit Vote in UK Parliament

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

Above the FoldMar 11, 2019 - 9:00am
World Trade Organization flag flying in Switzerland.

Of Babies, Bathwater, and the WTO

Tomorrow, March 12, U.S.