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

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


  • 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 ReleaseAug 06, 2020 - 4:30pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on White House Trade Actions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant issued the following statement today in response to trade actions by the White House relating to tariffs on imports of Canadian aluminum and an executive order on medical supplies:

Letters to CongressAug 03, 2020 - 1:30pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on the Nomination of Dr. Kenneth Weinstein to be Ambassador to Japan

This Hill letter was sent to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, on the nomination of Dr. Kenneth Weinstein to be U.S. Ambassador to Japan.

CommentJul 31, 2020 - 12:00pm

Joint Association Letter to U.S. and EU Policymakers on Privacy Shield

The Chamber joined a multi association letter addressed to the European Commission, U.S. Department of Commerce, and the European Data Protection Board to urge policymakers and government stakeholders on both sides of the Atlantic to begin immediate negotiations on a successor agreement that provides a solid legal framework to avoid trade disruptions to EU-U.S. data flows.

Above the FoldJul 29, 2020 - 11:00am
U.S. & Kenya Negotiate a Free Trade Agreement

The U.S. and Kenya Launch Negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement: Will They Succeed?

We break down the latest Free Trade negotiations between the U.S. and Kenya.

Above the FoldJul 23, 2020 - 10:15am
White House Photo - Bloomberg

Donohue in NYT: Why We’re Suing to Stop the Administration’s New Immigration Restrictions

Our CEO Tom Donohue's latest New York Times' op-ed details our recent joint lawsuit challenging new federal immigration restrictions.

EventJul 22, 2020 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

USIBC India Ideas Summit

This year, the Summit Speakers included U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar, Ambassador of India to the United States Taranjit Singh Sandhu, U.S. Ambassador to India Ken Juster, Senator Mark Warner; Representative Ami Bera, and more.

Press ReleaseJul 16, 2020 - 11:30am

Global Business Associations Urge Removal of Trade Barriers, Asks Global Governments to Maintain IP Protections and Support Partnerships to Discover and Deliver COVID-19 Solutions

Kilbride says, “Intellectual property will be the foundation of every vaccine, treatment and cure we mobilize; it’s critical that we nurture those foundations, not uproot them.”

Press ReleaseJul 16, 2020 - 7:30am

U.S. Chamber Encourages Updates to Privacy Shield to Support Transatlantic Data Flows

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant today issued the following statement on the European Court of Justice’s decision in Data Protection Commissioner v Facebook Ireland, Maximillian Schrems (“Schrems II”). 

Letters to CongressJul 13, 2020 - 10:00am

U.S. Chamber Letter on FY21 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations

This Hill letter was sent to the House Committee on Appropriations, on FY21 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations.

Press ReleaseJul 10, 2020 - 5:30pm

U.S. Chamber’s Brilliant: 'France’s unilateral and discriminatory digital services tax only adds to the headwinds facing the global economy'

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Myron Brilliant, executive vice president and head of International Affairs, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement today following news that the U.S. plans to retaliate against France’s digital services tax (DST):