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. 

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

CommentSep 21, 2020 - 5:15pm

Multi-Association Letter to Minister Mary Ng on CEPA plastics issue

The Honorable Mary NgMinister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International TradeCanada Dear Minister Ng:

ReportSep 21, 2020 - 9:00am
GIHE investing in a healthier tomorrow cover

Increasing Social and Economic Benefits Globally: Rates of Return on Health Investments

This study provides insights into the economic and social returns to investments in prevention and treatment for chronic illnesses across 27 countries. The findings project that countries would on average realize a return of $20 in productivity gains and workers lives saved for every $1 invested in cardiovascular disease and diabetes interventions. Likewise, countries could see a return of $22 for every $1 invested in anxiety disorders and depression interventions.

Press ReleaseSep 15, 2020 - 1:45pm

U.S. Chamber Welcomes Decision to Drop Tariffs on Canadian Aluminum

The Chamber welcomes the news that the U.S. will drop the damaging tariffs it recently re-imposed on aluminum from Canada

Above the FoldSep 15, 2020 - 1:45pm
Doha, Qatar

The U.S.-Qatar Trade Relationship: A Case for Optimism

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Qatar Business Program held its 3rd annual Strategic Dialogue this week. Read the key takeaways here.

Above the FoldSep 14, 2020 - 4:30pm
Caribbean Trade

Why Congress Needs to Renew Caribbean, GSP Trade Programs Now

The Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA) & the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) will soon lapse. Why they need protection:

Press ReleaseAug 28, 2020 - 9:30am

U.S. Chamber Praises Taiwan’s Lifting of Import Restrictions on U.S. Beef and Pork

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber’s Senior Vice President for International Policy John Murphy issued the following statement today in response to Taiwan’s announcement to lift import restrictions on U.S. beef and pork:

Op EdAug 27, 2020 - 2:00pm

‘We can’t fall behind on trade:’ Trump must strike a deal with Japan now, says US Chamber CEO

We need to write the rules of global trade, or they will be written for us in ways that won’t favor the U.S

Above the FoldAug 21, 2020 - 12:00pm
Iraqi PM Visit Aug 2020

U.S.-Iraq Business Council Hosts Executive Roundtable with H.E. Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, Prime Minister of Iraq

Read the key takeaways from the U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-Iraq Business Council executive roundtable with the Prime Minister of Iraq.

Above the FoldAug 20, 2020 - 1:45pm
Global economics, resilience

B20 Global Dialogue: Why Digital Transformation is Needed for Economic Resilience Post-COVID-19 and Beyond

Read the key takeaways from B20 Saudi Arabia and the U.S. Chamber's event on building economic resilience through digital transformation.

Press ReleaseAug 14, 2020 - 2:30pm

U.S. Chamber Applauds Historic Peace Agreement Between Israel and the UAE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant issued the following statement today applauding the historic peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this week.