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

Press ReleaseMar 20, 2020 - 11:00am

U.S. Chamber Supports Call for Study on Medical Product Supply Chains

Washington, D.C. — Neil Bradley, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement today supporting the call for a report on the security of the U.S. medical product supply chain:

Press ReleaseMar 19, 2020 - 3:45pm

U.S. Chamber Stands Ready to Pursue a Comprehensive, High-Standard Trade Agreement With Kenya

Washington, D.C. — Myron Brilliant, Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs, U.S.

Press ReleaseFeb 26, 2020 - 3:30pm

U.S. Chamber Strongly Supports Coronavirus Czar, Data-Based Guidance to Protect Public Health and Limit Economic Impact

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas J. Donohue today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. government’s response to the Coronavirus.

Above the FoldFeb 24, 2020 - 9:30am
U.S. Steel Worker

They’re Still There: Tariffs Weigh Heavily on U.S. Economy

While the U.S. economy remains strong, tariffs are still harming U.S. manufacturing – with the sector’s output contracting by 1.3% in 2019.

Press ReleaseFeb 21, 2020 - 8:00am

U.S. Chamber Urges the European Commission to Work Closely with Business Community on New Data Agenda

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant issued the following statement after the European Commission released an outline of its digital policy priorities earlier this week. 

Above the FoldFeb 19, 2020 - 1:00pm
Global Trade, port in California

Quick Take: Your Primer on the World Trade Organization

The WTO provides critical rules for a strong international trading system – an invaluable function for U.S. business growth globally.

Press ReleaseFeb 06, 2020 - 4:00pm

U.S. Chamber: ‘Fully Supports Pursuit of a Comprehensive, High-standard Trade Agreement with Kenya’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Africa Business Center today hosted President Kenyatta at its U.S.-Kenya Trade Forum in Washington. President Kenyatta’s visit coincided the announcement that the two countries would soon begin negotiations on a free trade agreement.

Above the FoldFeb 06, 2020 - 1:45pm
Global Trade

Why American Business Needs the WTO

The WTO's global rules-based trading system has benefited the entire world — especially the U.S. Here is everything you need about the WTO.