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

EventJan 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 6:00pm
Securing Sport Event Graphic

Securing Sport 2018: The Business of Protecting the Future of Sport

This exciting forum will bring together leaders and experts from the world of sport, security, technology, law enforcement, civil society and youth affairs to focus on the key issues affecting sport and which are now under a global spotlight.

LetterJan 16, 2018 - 12:45pm

Key Vote Alert!- H.R. 4318, the “Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2017”

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to all members of Congress in support of H.R. 4318, the "Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2017."

Above the FoldJan 10, 2018 - 6:00pm
U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue (right) and Neil Bradley, executive vice president and chief policy officer, at the 2018 State of American Business press conference.

U.S. Chamber Hopes for Progress on NAFTA, Infrastructure, Immigration

Here's what happened at the post-State of American Business Address press conference.

Press ReleaseJan 10, 2018 - 9:45am

U.S. Chamber President: Double Down on Growth in 2018

Donohue Urges Leaders to Pursue Stronger, Sustained, Shared Economic Growth

SpeechJan 10, 2018 - 9:00am

2018 State of American Business Address

U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue's remarks on the State of American Business as prepared for delivery on January 10, 2018.

Above the FoldJan 08, 2018 - 3:30pm
Trucks sit parked at the Manila North Harbour Port.

How About a U.S.-Philippine Free Trade Agreement?

For the near term it is the United States’ only market-opening trade initiative in Asia.

Above the FoldDec 22, 2017 - 1:00pm
Attendees try out Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 smartphones at a media event in Seoul, South Korea.

How Can Asia Grow its Digital Economy?

Policymakers must be wary of short-sited or inward-looking policies.

Above the FoldDec 15, 2017 - 3:00pm
A pedestrian walks past plants displayed for sale in Manhattan's flower district in New York.

What a Small Milwaukee Flower Shop Teaches Us About Trade and NAFTA

Small businesses make up 97.7% of all Wisconsin businesses. Nearly nine in ten of those businesses trade their goods and services abroad.

Press ReleaseDec 15, 2017 - 3:00pm

David Cordani Named Chairman of U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-Korea Business Council

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-Korea Business Council (USKBC) today announced that David M. Cordani, president and CEO of Cigna Corporation, was elected chairman. Mr. Cordani, president and CEO of Cigna since 2009, will serve a two-year term, succeeding Dr. Paul Jacobs, executive chairman of Qualcomm. 

EventDec 15, 2017 - 7:30am to 9:15am

NAFTA Works: The Stakes for Wisconsin Agriculture and Business

The U.S. Chamber has been the leading voice in the NAFTA conversation from the start. On December 15, 2017, the Chamber will host continue it's NAFTA Works Tour to Wisconsin to host “The Future of NAFTA: The Stakes for American Agriculture and Business” featuring lawmakers and a panel of business and agriculture executives discussing the importance of NAFTA for their companies and industries.