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

Press ReleaseAug 07, 2018 - 4:15pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on New Market Access for U.S. Poultry in Morocco

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber Senior Vice President and U.S.-Africa Business Center (USAfBC) President Scott Eisner today released the following statement after the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Department of Agriculture announced new market access for U.S.

Above the FoldAug 06, 2018 - 9:00am
Trade not aid

Here’s What a Bailout for the Trade War Would Cost

The U.S. Chamber crunched the numbers on the proposed bailout for the trade war.

Above the FoldAug 02, 2018 - 2:30pm
A worker stacks a straw bale at a recently harvested wheat field in the village of Kirkland in Dekalb, Illinois

‘We’re to the Breaking Point:’ New Tariffs Sow Seeds of Fear Across America’s Heartland

“We’d rather have trade. Any aid package, no matter what dollar amount, is a Band-Aid on an arterial bleed.”

Above the FoldAug 01, 2018 - 2:15pm
Entrance to the Export-Import Bank

To Win New Markets, Put the Ex-Im Bank Back in the Ring

Quickly confirming strong nominees to lead the bank and reestablishing its quorum should remain a top priority.

Above the FoldJul 31, 2018 - 4:30pm
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum at the U.S. Chamber.

Business Prospects are Bright in the Indo-Pacific Region

By 2030 the region will contain 66% of the world’s middle class and 59% of middle class consumption.

Above the FoldJul 31, 2018 - 12:00pm
Canadian, American and Mexican flags stand on stage ahead of the first round of North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations in Washington, D.C.

Trade Rumors (NAFTA Edition)

U.S. “poison pill” proposals remain obstacles to concluding a modernized NAFTA.

SpeechJul 30, 2018 - 9:45am

Thomas J. Donohue Remarks at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum

  Indo-Pacific Business ForumRemarks as prepared for delivery byTHOMAS J. DONOHUEPresident and CEOU.S. Chamber of Commerce Good morning everyone.

Above the FoldJul 30, 2018 - 9:00am
Indo-Pacific Forum

A Brighter Future in the Indo-Pacific

As tariffs and trade wars continue to make headlines, the U.S. Chamber outlines its priorities in the Indo-Pacific region.

EventJul 30, 2018 - 8:30am to 3:30pm

Indo-Pacific Business Forum

The INDO-PACIFIC BUSINESS FORUM will bring together key U.S. Cabinet Secretaries and senior leaders from government and business to discuss how government tools and policies can facilitate private sector partnerships to unleash the full potential of the Indo-Pacific region. 

Above the FoldJul 30, 2018 - 5:00am
Shipping containers stacked on a ship as it is unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles.

A Slippery, $39 Billion Slope: New Data Analysis Makes Case for Trade, Not Aid

The best way to protect American industries from a damaging trade war is to avoid entering into one in the first place.