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

LetterApr 23, 2018 - 1:15pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on the Nomination of Michael Pompeo to be Secretary of State

This letter was sent to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman and Ranking Member in support of the nomination of Michael Pompeo to be the Secretary of State.

Press ReleaseApr 20, 2018 - 9:00am

U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Turkey Business Council Welcomes Cargill as New Chair

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Turkey Business Council named Cargill as the Council’s new Chair. Cargill Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs Devry Boughner Vorwerk will serve as the Council’s Chair on behalf of Cargill Chairman and CEO David MacLennan.

ReportApr 18, 2018 - 1:15pm

Introduction to the GBC

The Global Business Coalition brings together leading independent business associations from the major world economies and advocates on behalf of more than 6.8 million small, medium and large companies. Established in 2012, GBC formerly known as the B20 Coalition), operates asa worldwide platform of exchanges between national business communities.

EventApr 16, 2018 - 1:15pm to 6:30pm
Transatlantic Business Works

Transatlantic Business Works Summit

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and BusinessEurope hosted the Transatlantic Business Works Summit to highlight the benefits of the world's largest bilateral trade and investment relationship--between the U.S. and the EU--and identify ways to strengthen our commercial ties.

Above the FoldApr 16, 2018 - 8:00am
American dairy farmers depend on NAFTA markets. What happens when those markets are gone?

Already in the Crosshairs, How a NAFTA Pullout May Push Michigan Dairy Farmers Over the Edge

Ken Nobis has been a farmer for 50 years. He can't remember a time when the stakes have been so high.

Above the FoldApr 13, 2018 - 1:30pm
The United States flag, top, flies with the European Union flag.

Reminder: Transatlantic Trade Powers Prosperity

The Transatlantic Business Works Summit will provide an opportunity for the U.S. and EU to deepen ties in critical sectors.

SpeechApr 12, 2018 - 11:00am

Hemispheric Cooperation for Greater Growth, Competitiveness, and Prosperity Across the Americas

III CEO Summit of the AmericasAn Address to the AmCham PeruRemarks by Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of CommerceApril 11, 2018Lima, PeruIntroductionGood evening, ladies and gentlemen.

Press ReleaseApr 10, 2018 - 2:30pm

U.S. Chamber Unveils New International Digital Policy Declaration at TecGlobal 2018

Conference Highlights U.S. Leadership in the Global Digital Economy

Issue BriefApr 10, 2018 - 9:00am

Global Digital Policy Declaration

The Global Digital Policy Declaration outlines ten principles that will help promote competitiveness and economic growth.

EventApr 10, 2018 - 8:30am to 2:30pm


Business models and societal norms are shifting at the hands of technology.  Governments around the globe are reacting to these changes as we enter the next "industrial revolution".  These regulatory responses will determine the pace of future innovation.