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.

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Our Priorities

Trade and investment agreements that are fair and accountable create a level playing field and put American families and workers first. 

Priorities

  • Secure enactment of the U.S.-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA) to retain the benefits of free trade in North America. 
  • Support continued negotiations to address China’s unfair trade and industrial policies. 
  • Advocate for the termination of U.S. tariffs on imports of steel, aluminum, and a wide range of goods from China—and threatened against imports of autos and auto parts—as taxes on American families and businesses that undermine U.S. competitiveness. 
  • Support the negotiation of ambitious, comprehensive trade agreements with Japan, the European Union (EU), and the U.K. that hew closely to the negotiating objectives established in the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (known as Trade Promotion Authority). 
  • Represent U.S. business interests in the Brexit negotiations and the U.K.’s negotiations to secure a new trade agreement with the EU that guarantees continuing, strong commercial ties. 
  • Ensure that the implementing regulations for the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (FIRRMA) keep the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) focused specifically on legitimate national security concerns associated with inbound investment. 
  • Advocate for a balanced approach in implementing regulations for the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 that protects national security without unduly hindering legitimate commerce. 
  • Win congressional approval of permanent normal trade relations with Kazakhstan and its graduation from the Jackson-Vanik amendment to the Trade Act of 1974. 
  • 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 for the avoidance of double taxation with respect to taxes on income with Chile, Hungary, and Poland. 

Recent Activity

Issue BriefJan 19, 2021 - 3:45pm

Trump’s Trade Policy: An Assessment

By John MurphyWere the Trump administration’s trade policies a success? Arriving at a full assessment of their costs and benefits will take time, but doing so is useful in charting a path forward for American trade policy.

Letters to CongressJan 19, 2021 - 9:15am

U.S. Chamber Letter on the Nomination of Antony Blinken to be Secretary of State

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, on the Nomination of Antony Blinken to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of State.

Press ReleaseJan 15, 2021 - 3:45pm

U.S. Chamber Encouraged By Decision Not to Impose Tariffs on Goods from Vietnam

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant issued the following statement in response to news that the Trump Administration will not impose tariffs on goods from Vietnam:

Above the FoldJan 14, 2021 - 11:00am
Trade 2021

The State of American Business: How to Revitalize America’s Global Leadership

Here are the key takeaways from the U.S. Chamber's Policy Power Hour: America's Global Competitiveness on Jan. 13, 2021.

EventJan 13, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Global Competitiveness Key Graphic for 1/13 event

Policy Power Hour: Ensuring America's Global Competitiveness

Join us to discuss what it will take for America to remain a global leader in 2021 and beyond, including fortifying allied relationships, addressing challenges and opportunities in U.S.-China economic relations, and expanding trade and investment opportunities around the world.

SpeechJan 12, 2021 - 12:00pm

2021 State of American Business Address: “Rally for Recovery”

  Introduction Thank you, Traci—and welcome to all of you joining us from across this great nation, and all around the world. Let me start by wishing each of you a happy, healthy, and hopeful New Year. We come together today, optimistic—that’s right, optimistic—for the year and the future, because the State of American Business is resilient.

Above the FoldJan 06, 2021 - 2:00pm
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Deadlines and Decisions for American Trade in 2021

Here is your breakdown of the issues and events that are likely to dominate international economic policy in 2021.

ReportDec 30, 2020 - 6:00am
USJBC - 57th Japan Business Conference - Regulatory Coherence

Reducing Market Fragmentation through Enhanced International Regulatory Coherence

In the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008, regulatory reforms to strengthen the financial system were critical in enhancing market transparency and restoring confidence in global financial institutions. While the regulatory reforms have been generally supportive of international regulatory coherence, unwarranted market fragmentation remains, which has led to inefficient markets and higher transaction costs. This paper provides an overview of reports presenting thoughtful insights and recommendations for reducing fragmentation.

Press ReleaseDec 24, 2020 - 10:15am

U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-UK Business Council Welcomes Landmark Agreement between United Kingdom and European Union

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Marjorie Chorlins, executive director of the U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-UK Business Council, issued the following statement after reports that the United Kingdom and European Union have finalized an agreement governing their commercial relationship beginning January 1, 2021: