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

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.

Above the FoldJul 26, 2018 - 11:30am
Beer mug

Trouble Brewing: Why Tariffs are Making it Harder to Make American Beer

Pretty much everything in a brewery that isn’t an ingredient or a stool is made of metal.

Above the FoldJul 25, 2018 - 12:00pm
Soybeans are loaded into a truck during harvest in Princeton, IL.

‘We Are Caught in the Middle:’ Tariffs Hit Illinois Farmers and Manufacturers Hard

$3.8 billion of the state's exports are vulnerable due to the emerging trade war.

LetterJul 24, 2018 - 5:00pm

Fiscal Year 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

This letter was sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee ahead of the markup of the Fiscal Year 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations bill tomorrow morning.

Above the FoldJul 24, 2018 - 2:00pm
A farmer talks on a cell phone while tending to hogs in Walcott, IA.

‘A Really Bad Deal:’ These Iowa Farmers Are Getting Clobbered by Tariff Escalation

Retaliatory tariffs by China, Canada, Mexico, and the European Union threaten $977 billion in exports.

Issue BriefJul 24, 2018 - 12:15pm

UK Releases its White Paper Proposal on Future UK-EU Economic Ties

The U.S.-UK Business Council analyzes the UK's White Paper on future UK-EU economic relations and the prospective impact of recent political developments in London on the next phases of the negotiations.

LetterJul 23, 2018 - 5:00pm

U.S. Chamber Submission to USTR on Section 301 (USTR-2018-0018)

Submission of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for the "Proposed Determination of Action Pursuant to Section 301: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation" Docket Number: USTR-2018-0018 July 23, 2018