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 ReleaseOct 10, 2018 - 8:00pm

CEOs from U.S. and Mexico Discuss USMCA, Look Ahead to Strengthen Bilateral Partnership

Donohue: Tenth Meeting of the U.S.-Mexico CEO Dialogue Shows “Fresh Energy” and “Renewed Momentum” 

Above the FoldOct 08, 2018 - 9:00am
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The aim of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement is to bring North American trade policy into the 21st century.

Above the FoldOct 02, 2018 - 11:00am
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‘Nobody Ever Wins in Trade Wars:’ Meet 3 Minnesota Small Businesses Being Crushed by Tariffs

More than $664 million in Minnesota exports are being threatened by the emerging trade war.

Press ReleaseOct 01, 2018 - 7:30am

U.S. Chamber Statement on the Agreement between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement regarding the trilateral deal reached between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA):

Press ReleaseSep 27, 2018 - 10:15am

New U.S. Chamber, AmCham Indonesia Report Finds Improving Investment and Regulatory Environment in Indonesia

Indonesia’s business climate is moving in the right direction, but the country needs to quicken the pace of its economic reforms, according to a new report released today by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Indonesia at the annual U.S.-Indonesia Investment Summit.

Press ReleaseSep 26, 2018 - 6:30pm

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice President for Asia and U.S.-Japan Business Council President David Gossack today released the following statement on the trade announcement from President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe:

Above the FoldSep 26, 2018 - 8:00am
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Quick Take: Your Primer on Trump’s Auto Tariffs

624,000 American jobs would be lost if the tariffs on autos and auto parts are enacted.

Above the FoldSep 25, 2018 - 5:00pm
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‘Our prices have gone up significantly:’ Tariffs Threaten Virginia Businesses

More than $1.9 billion in Virginia exports are being threatened by the emerging trade war.

ReportSep 25, 2018 - 3:15pm

Indonesia's Journey: Investment Report 2018

The sixth annual Investment Report examines the economic progress made under Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s administration and compares the country’s investment environment to other such environments in Southeast Asia.

Above the FoldSep 25, 2018 - 12:15pm
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Quick Take: Your Primer on Trump’s China Tariffs

Tariffs fall squarely on the shoulders of American consumers, manufacturers, farmers, and ranchers.