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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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

Above the FoldDec 10, 2018 - 9:00am
Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico's president, President Donald Trump, and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after signing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

Next Steps for North American Trade

The USMCA will modernize the trade partnership that has formed the basis of North American relations for a quarter of a century.

TestimonyDec 09, 2018 - 3:45pm

Charles Freeman Testimony on U.S.-Japan Trade Negotiation Priorities

On Monday, December 10, 2018, U.S. Chamber Senior Vice President for Asia Charles Freeman will testify before the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on negotiating objectives for a U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement.

Press ReleaseDec 04, 2018 - 6:30pm

U.S. Chamber’s Donohue Leads 11th U.S.-China CEO Dialogue

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE) today opened the 11th meeting of the U.S.-China CEO and Former Senior Officials’ Dialogue, co-chaired by U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J.

SpeechDec 04, 2018 - 3:15pm

Thomas J. Donohue Remarks at the 11th U.S.-China CEO and Former Senior Officials’ Dialogue

Remarks byTHOMAS J. DONOHUEPresident and CEO, U.S. Chamber of CommerceWashington, D.C.December 4, 2018

Press ReleaseDec 02, 2018 - 8:30am

U.S. Chamber Statement on Trump-Xi Meeting Outcomes

Brilliant: “Setting Aside the Imposition of Tariffs is the Right Course of Action”

LetterNov 26, 2018 - 4:15pm

Association Letter Urging USTR to Lift 232 Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

The Honorable Robert E. LighthizerU.S. Trade RepresentativeOffice of the U.S. Trade Representative600 17th Street, NWWashington, DC 20508 Dear Ambassador Lighthizer:

CommentNov 21, 2018 - 4:45pm

U.S. Chamber and U.S.-Japan Business Council Joint Submission to USTR on U.S.-Japan Trade Negotiations

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its U.S.-Japan Business Council submitted comments on the negotiating objectives for a U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement. The issue- and sector-specific priorities contained in this document are those of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, U.S.-Japan Business Council, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

Above the FoldNov 20, 2018 - 9:45am
Turkey at Koch Farms in Tamaqua, PA

How Tariffs ‘Gobble’ Up Thanksgiving

Many Americans could have some unexpected indigestion this holiday.

Above the FoldNov 16, 2018 - 3:45pm
Empty beer cans wait to be filled at the Other Half Brewing Co. in Brooklyn, NY.

Why We Should Lift the Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on Canada and Mexico

A 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum on imports from Canada and Mexico remain in place.

TestimonyNov 15, 2018 - 11:00am

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Pre-Hearing Brief: USITC Hearing on the USMCA

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce submitted the following pre-hearing brief to the U.S. International Trade Commission ahead of a hearing titled, "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA): Likely Impact on the U.S. Economy and on Specific Industry Sectors."