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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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 ReleaseDec 15, 2020 - 11:00am

U.S. Chamber Concerned by European Commission Digital Services and Digital Markets Proposals

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 announced new proposals for a Digital Services Act and a Digital Markets Act:

Issue BriefDec 11, 2020 - 5:00pm

U.S. Chamber Urges Year-End Action on MTB, GSP

With end-of-year legislation to fund the government and provide pandemic relief under debate in Congress, it is important that legislation to renew the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) not get lost in the shuffle.

Press ReleaseDec 11, 2020 - 6:00am

U.S. Chamber and AmCham Indonesia Convene Public and Private Sector Leaders for 8th Annual U.S.-Indonesia Investment Summit

WASHINGTON, D.C. and JAKARTA, INDONESIA – The U.S. and Indonesia are “partners in recovery” from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to government officials and private sector leaders at the 8th annual U.S.-Indonesia Investment Summit.

CommentDec 10, 2020 - 5:00pm

Response to the UK's National Data Strategy

The Chamber's U.S.-UK Business Council recently submitted comments in response to the UK Government's consultation on its proposed National Data Strategy.

Press ReleaseDec 08, 2020 - 1:00pm

U.S. Chamber Welcomes Signing of Trade Protocol between the U.S. and Ecuador

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President for the Americas Neil Herrington issued the following statement today welcoming news that  the U.S. and Ecuadorian governments signed the bilateral Protocol on Trade Rules and Transparency:

Above the FoldDec 07, 2020 - 10:30am
Vaccine

How Trade, Immigration, and Global Supply Chains Will Defeat the Pandemic

Two COVID-19 vaccines were produced in record time—beating all but the most optimistic of forecasts. How? Read more.

Press ReleaseDec 04, 2020 - 5:00pm

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Urges UK, EU Negotiators to Make Tough Choices and Find Pragmatic Solutions

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant issued the following statement today in response to indications from the lead British and European trade deal negotiators that “significant divergences” remain:

EventDec 03, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:30am
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The Digital Economy Conference

This event will draw upon the global knowledge, expertise, and creativity that exists in industry, the public sector, entrepreneurs, and academia to discuss the emerging policy implications and the need for partnership to deliver a trusted, responsible, and inclusive digital economy in Nigeria.

ReportNov 25, 2020 - 1:00pm
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Enhancing Data Connectivity in the Financial Services Sector

The financial services firms of the U.S.-Japan Business Council view data connectivity as a means to connect to their customers, manage risks, and ultimately provide critical services to individuals, businesses, and governments around the world. We strongly believe that data connectivity translates directly to economic growth, supports financial stability, and facilitates financial regulators’ access to financial-risk related data that is needed to ensure macroeconomic stability and soundness. Despite strong evidence to support these assertions, financial services firms often find themselves confronted with regulatory efforts that impede data connectivity, risking financial stability and market integrity.