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 ReleaseJan 30, 2018 - 4:45pm

U.S. Chamber Hires Charles Freeman to Lead Asia Program, Names Neil Herrington Senior Vice President

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce made two leadership announcements for its International Affairs Division today. Charles Freeman has been hired as Senior Vice President for Asia, and Neil Herrington has been promoted to Senior Vice President for the Americas.

Above the FoldJan 29, 2018 - 12:00pm
Donald Trump 2017 Special Address to Joint Session of Congress

What We’re Watching: State of the Union 2018

The U.S. Chamber will be listening intently to see what the administration aims to achieve this year.

Above the FoldJan 29, 2018 - 9:00am
President Donald Trump speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Reminder From Davos: Trade Moves on Without Us

If America is not leading on trade, it is falling behind.

Above the FoldJan 24, 2018 - 2:30pm
Italian national team goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon during the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Gutting NAFTA’s Procurement Rules Could Cost Americans Billions

If the U.S. revokes access to our own government procurement markets, Canada and Mexico will do the same.

Above the FoldJan 23, 2018 - 1:30pm
Attendees at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI.

The Most Important Gathering for America’s Auto Industry? It’s in Montreal, not Detroit.

Negotiators for the U.S., Canada and Mexico began the latest round of NAFTA talks.

Above the FoldJan 23, 2018 - 11:45am
Pulling out of NAFTA threatens American Farmers

He’s Been a Family Farmer for nearly 50 Years. He’s Worried Trade Policies Will Make Him one of Iowa’s Last.

Chris Petersen is one of Iowa’s family farmers concerned about the direction of U.S. trade policy and its impact on the state's economy.

EventJan 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 6:00pm
Securing Sport Event Graphic

Securing Sport 2018: The Business of Protecting the Future of Sport

This exciting forum convened leaders and experts from the world of sport, security, technology, law enforcement, civil society and youth affairs to focus on the key issues affecting sport and which are now under a global spotlight.

LetterJan 16, 2018 - 12:45pm

Key Vote Alert!- H.R. 4318, the “Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2017”

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to all members of Congress in support of H.R. 4318, the "Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2017."

Above the FoldJan 10, 2018 - 6:00pm
U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue (right) and Neil Bradley, executive vice president and chief policy officer, at the 2018 State of American Business press conference.

U.S. Chamber Hopes for Progress on NAFTA, Infrastructure, Immigration

Here's what happened at the post-State of American Business Address press conference.