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

Press ReleaseFeb 06, 2020 - 4:00pm

U.S. Chamber: ‘Fully Supports Pursuit of a Comprehensive, High-standard Trade Agreement with Kenya’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Africa Business Center today hosted President Kenyatta at its U.S.-Kenya Trade Forum in Washington. President Kenyatta’s visit coincided the announcement that the two countries would soon begin negotiations on a free trade agreement.

Above the FoldFeb 06, 2020 - 1:45pm
Global Trade

Why American Business Needs the WTO

The WTO's global rules-based trading system has benefited the entire world — especially the U.S. Here is everything you need about the WTO.

ReportFeb 05, 2020 - 8:00am
Cover image for the 2020 GIPC IP Index

2020 International IP Index

The U.S. Chamber International IP Index benchmarks the IP framework in 53 global markets, representing over 90% of global GDP. The IP Index evaluates the ecosystem in each economy across 50 unique indicators which industry believes represent economies with the most effective IP systems. The IP Index serves as a roadmap for policymakers who seek to support innovation, creativity, and economic growth through more robust IP policy.

Press ReleaseFeb 05, 2020 (All day)

With Sustained Momentum for Intellectual Property, India Gains Ground, New U.S. Chamber Report Shows

U.S. Chamber releases eighth annual International IP Index

Press ReleaseFeb 04, 2020 - 5:00pm

When Nations Protect Intellectual Property, the Global Economy Wins, New U.S. Chamber Report Shows

Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) released its eighth annual International IP Index, “Art of the Possible.” The new report evaluates how 53 global economies approach intellectual property (IP)—from patent and copyright policies to commercialization of IP assets and ratification of international treaties.

Press ReleaseJan 31, 2020 - 9:00am

U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-UK Business Council Calls for Post-Brexit Clarity

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Marjorie Chorlins, executive director of the U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-UK Business Council, issued the following statement ahead of the United Kingdom’s formal departure from the European Union this evening.

Above the FoldJan 29, 2020 - 11:30am
North America on a globe.

Quick Take: Your Primer on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)

Trade between the U.S. and Canada and Mexico reached $1.4 trillion in 2018, amounting to $3.8 billion daily.

Above the FoldJan 27, 2020 - 9:00am
Shipping containers

Two Big Wins for U.S. Trade

Completion of USMCA and the  Phase 1 deal with China mean big things to American business.

Above the FoldJan 16, 2020 - 6:15pm
Congress

USMCA Crosses Finish Line After Three-Year Marathon

USMCA has been three years in the making, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was involved at every step.