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

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):

Above the FoldJul 09, 2020 - 11:15am
Antitrust & Market Competition

Quick Take: Antitrust Laws (Not Just Big Tech) Under Attack

Breaking down all things antitrust laws: their place in the election narrative, why they matter, how they impact the market, and more.

Letters to CongressJul 08, 2020 - 11:45am

U.S. Chamber Letter on FY21 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations

This Hill letter was sent to the House Committee on Appropriations, on Fiscal Year 2021 Appropriations for State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs.

Press ReleaseJul 07, 2020 - 12:00pm

U.S. Chamber Applauds Progress to Pursue U.S.-Kenya Trade Deal

Washington, D.C. — Scott Eisner, president of the U.S.-Africa Business Center at the U.S.

Press ReleaseJul 01, 2020 - 6:00am

North American Business Associations Issue Joint Statement on USMCA: “USMCA is Here, But the Work is Just Beginning”

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Thomas J. Donohue, CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and Carlos Salazar Lomelín, Chairman of Mexico’s Consejo Coordinador Empresarial (Business Coordinating Council), issued a joint statement today upon the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s (USMCA) entry into force:

Issue BriefJun 29, 2020 - 3:45pm

U.S.- Israel Collaboration in Health Innovation

A public policy roadmap to advance greater collaboration in health technology and innovation between the U.S. and Israel CONTACT Josh Kram, Executive Director, International A!airsjkram@uschamber.com

Press ReleaseJun 23, 2020 - 1:30pm

U.S. Chamber Opposes Aluminum Tariffs on Canada

Washington, D.C. — Neil Herrington, senior vice president for the Americas, U.S.

Above the FoldJun 18, 2020 - 1:00pm
AI General

Our Response to Europe’s AI Proposals

As the use of AI increases, so do conversations about its regulation. Check out our response to the European Commission's AI white paper.