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

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.

ArticleJul 12, 2021 - 1:00pm
The American flag flies outside the U.S. Capitol.

Chamber Releases Complete Scorecard for 116th Congress

Members of Congress were rewarded for enactment of USMCA and pandemic relief.

Above the FoldJul 06, 2021 - 11:15am
International cargo ship transport shipping containers on the open water.

10 Overlooked International Investment Facts

Keeping the door open to international investment supports U.S. economic growth, resilience, and middle-class jobs.

Letters to CongressJul 01, 2021 - 9:30am

U.S. Chamber Letter on Antitrust Legislation

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, opposing H.R. 3849, H.R. 3816, H.R. 3825, and H.R. 3826. These bills are on the Legislative Leadership list for the “How They Voted” scorecard.

Press ReleaseJul 01, 2021 - 9:00am

Chamber Recognizes USMCA’s Benefits on Its First Anniversary

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Chamber Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant issued the following statement on the occasion of the first anniversary of the entry-into-force of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):

Letters to CongressJul 01, 2021 - 8:00am

U.S. Chamber Letter on FY22 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the House Committee on Appropriations on Fiscal Year 2022 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations.

Press ReleaseJun 30, 2021 - 9:15am

U.S. Chamber Urges Renewal of TPA as 2015 Law Lapses

With the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015—known as Trade Promotion Authority (TPA)—slated to lapse on July 1, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant issued the following statement.

EventJun 25, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:00pm

A New Beginning: Shaping Stronger and Sustainable Transatlantic Trade and Investment

Special address from German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Peter Altmaier on the strategic and commercial importance of the transatlantic relationship. 

ReportJun 23, 2021 - 11:30am

Policy Recommendations: U.S.-Israel

U.S.-Israel commercial ties are contributing to our economy, support thousands of jobs in the U.S. and Israel, and drive game-changing innovation in critical sectors, including health care, financial services, hi-tech, and sustainability. Despite these successes, the once pioneering policies that support U.S.-Israel commerce are increasingly losing their competitive edge. The global economy has changed remarkably since Israel and the U.S. laid these cornerstones many decades ago. On behalf of our member companies, the U.S.-Israel Business Council recommend our governments consider the following 4 Big Ideas as they chart a way forward on U.S.-Israel relations.

Letters to CongressJun 22, 2021 - 12:45pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on Antitrust Legislation

This Hill letter was sent to the House Committee on the Judiciary, on several bills the committee will mark up related to antitrust law.