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 ReleaseJun 14, 2019 - 12:00pm

U.S. Chamber Urges White House to Reconsider China Tariffs

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today reinforced its opposition towards imposing tariffs on imports from China, and its commitment to enhancing U.S.-China trade relations. Previewing the Chamber’s comments to be submitted to the Office of the United States Trade Representative on Monday, Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant said tariffs hurt American businesses, the economy and consumers.

Above the FoldJun 13, 2019 - 3:30pm

Small Business Exports and Digital Trade: Two Great Things that Go Great Together

Congress, business leaders, and entrepreneurs discuss digital trade as a tool to boost small business exports.

EventJun 12, 2019 - 1:00pm to Jun 13, 2019 - 2:00pm
USIBC Ideas Summit Key Graphic

USIBC India Ideas Summit & 44th Annual Meeting

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-India Business Council will host the India Ideas Summit: Connecting Cities and States on June 12-13. The event will convene high ranking government officials from the U.S. and India, C-suite executives and thought leaders to discuss the future of work, defense cooperation, healthcare, data security, supply chains, corporate sustainability and more.

Press ReleaseJun 08, 2019 - 12:45pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on Suspension of Tariffs on Mexico

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thomas J. Donohue, CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement today regarding the recent announcement of a U.S.-Mexico deal to address migration at the southern border:

Above the FoldJun 07, 2019 - 3:00pm
Trucks enter the U.S. from Mexico at the Calexico East Port of Entry in Calexico, CA.

Tariffs on Mexico Would Hit Small Businesses Hard

A 5% tariff would cost small businesses with less than 50 employees more than $800 million.

Press ReleaseJun 07, 2019 - 2:00pm

Business Community Opposes Tariffs on Mexico

Imposing unilateral tariffs on Mexico harms businesses and consumers while jeopardizing Congressional approval of USMCA

Above the FoldJun 05, 2019 - 2:45pm
Vehicles travel past residential and commercial buildings in Hanoi, Vietnam.

U.S.–Vietnam Trade: The Time for an Agreement is Now

Closer economic ties would be valuable to both countries.

Press ReleaseJun 04, 2019 - 5:15pm

U.S.-Cuba Business Council Statement on Administration’s Travel Restrictions to Cuba

New restrictions will disrupt business operations, harming U.S. companies and the Cuban peopleThe U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Cuba Business Council issued the following statement regarding the administration’s additional restrictions on U.S. travelers and vessels to Cuba: