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

 

 

 


Our Priorities

Secure market-opening trade agreements that deliver free and fair trade for American workers, farmers, and companies.

 

Priorities

  • Support pandemic response by lifting tariffs and other barriers to trade in medical supplies and working with international partners to eliminate export restrictions.
  • Rescind the Section 232 tariffs, which have not advanced the U.S. national security objectives at the heart of the underlying statute while undermining U.S. alliances and trade ties.
  • Press for a China policy that seeks improved access to the Chinese market, advances structural reforms in China and tariff relief through new negotiations, and works with allies globally to counter the challenges posed by China’s state capitalist policies.
  • Advocate for comprehensive, high-standard trade agreements—including with the U.K. and Kenya, in the Asia-Pacific, and by reviving the Trade in Services Agreement negotiations—as well as new digital trade agreements.
  • Secure approval of legislation renewing Trade Promotion Authority, the Generalized System of Preferences, and the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill.
  • Press for reform of laws delegating tariff authority to the Executive by requiring an affirming vote by both chambers of Congress for any new tariffs.
  • Advocate for trade and sustainability initiatives, including moves to eliminate tariffs on environmental goods and a robust outcome in the World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations aiming to discipline fisheries subsidies and thus combat the depletion of fish stocks.
  • Support the benefits of U.S. membership in the WTO and press for reforms to make it more agile as a negotiating forum, including greater use of plurilateral approaches along with reforms to restore its Appellate Body to a fully functional state.
  • Oppose punitive measures relating to supply chains or an excessive reliance on Buy American measures that invite foreign retaliation and instead advance policies to foster resiliency through incentives, mitigate risk through geographic diversity of supply, and avoid new trade barriers.
  • Advocate for a conduct-based approach to economic sanctions that target specific, clearly articulated objectives; favor multilateral measures to ensure effectiveness and avoid backfill; and maintain Executive flexibility to respond to changing circumstances.
  • Support full funding of the federal international affairs budget to advance U.S. economic interests, national security, and humanitarian values.
  • Work to secure ratification of treaties to avoid double taxation concerning taxes on income with Chile, Hungary, and Poland.

Recent Activity

Above the FoldSep 10, 2021 - 9:00am
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Inside the FTC’s Ploy to Quash A BioTech Merger

In Franz Kafka’s The Trial, a man is prosecuted by a remote, inscrutable authority. With the nature of his offense unclear and the court’s jurisdiction ambiguous,  the entire process becomes bewildering and interminable.  As he navigates a labyrinth of bureaucratic traps, the proceedings themselves “gradually merge into th

Above the FoldSep 09, 2021 - 7:45am
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Overhaul of U.S. Sanctions Policy Toward Venezuela is Long Overdue

Overhauling a U.S. sanctions policy toward Venezuela that has produced myriad negative unintended consequences is long overdue.

EventSep 08, 2021 - 9:30am to 11:00am
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U.S.-Ghana Business Forum

The 2021 US-Ghana Business Forum is an annual flagship, high-level meeting between U.S, Ghanaian Government Officials, and Businesses aimed at deepening diplomatic and commercial partnerships between Ghana and the United States.

Press ReleaseAug 24, 2021 - 9:45pm

U.S. Chamber China Center Advisory Board Welcomes Meeting with USTR Katherine Tai Pledges Cooperation to Support U.S. Workers, Advance Innovation, and Strengthen the U.S. Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Chamber China Center Advisory Board met this morning with USTR Katherine Tai to discuss the state of U.S.-China economic and commercial relations and exchange views on the opportunities and challenges for American business with China.

Above the FoldAug 18, 2021 - 9:45am
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VP’s Visit to Southeast Asia Affirms Need to Enhance U.S. Trade Ties

Vice President Kamala Harris is heading to Singapore and Vietnam this weekend for a timely visit to an increasingly important part of the world.  Member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have called for greater U.S.

Issue BriefAug 17, 2021 - 3:00pm

Digital Commerce at the Crossroads: The Case for a Digital Trade Agreement

Burgeoning export opportunities for U.S. small businesses and service industries are endangered by the proliferation of data localization measures and other forms of digital protectionism in foreign markets. This paper makes the case that the best defense against this trend is a good offense. The United States must act swiftly to strengthen international rules by forging a digital trade agreement with willing partners in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Press ReleaseAug 13, 2021 - 3:45pm

U.S. Chamber Calls on U.S. Government to Surge COVID-19 Resources, Vaccines to Southeast Asia

Myron Brilliant, Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement in advance of Vice President Kamala Harris’ trip to Vietnam and Singapore, calling on the administration to surge vaccines and assistance to southeast Asia.

Above the FoldAug 12, 2021 - 10:00am
FTC building

Why the FTC is Powerless When it Comes to Competition Rulemaking

In 1914, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was created when President Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Trade Commission Act into law. Since its founding, the FTC has held a unique and multifaceted role in the U.S. administrative state and the economy.  

Press ReleaseJul 14, 2021 - 9:00am

U.S. Chamber Committed to Working with EU to Advance Effective Climate Solutions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Marjorie Chorlins, Senior Vice President for European Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement today regarding the release of the European Commission’s Fit for 55 package.