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

Secure market-opening trade agreements that deliver free and fair trade for American workers, farmers, and companies.

 

Priorities

  • Support pandemic response by lifting tariffs and other barriers to trade in medical supplies and working with international partners to eliminate export restrictions.
  • Rescind the Section 232 tariffs, which have not advanced the U.S. national security objectives at the heart of the underlying statute while undermining U.S. alliances and trade ties.
  • Press for a China policy that seeks improved access to the Chinese market, advances structural reforms in China and tariff relief through new negotiations, and works with allies globally to counter the challenges posed by China’s state capitalist policies.
  • Advocate for comprehensive, high-standard trade agreements—including with the U.K. and Kenya, in the Asia-Pacific, and by reviving the Trade in Services Agreement negotiations—as well as new digital trade agreements.
  • Secure approval of legislation renewing Trade Promotion Authority, the Generalized System of Preferences, and the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill.
  • Press for reform of laws delegating tariff authority to the Executive by requiring an affirming vote by both chambers of Congress for any new tariffs.
  • Advocate for trade and sustainability initiatives, including moves to eliminate tariffs on environmental goods and a robust outcome in the World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations aiming to discipline fisheries subsidies and thus combat the depletion of fish stocks.
  • Support the benefits of U.S. membership in the WTO and press for reforms to make it more agile as a negotiating forum, including greater use of plurilateral approaches along with reforms to restore its Appellate Body to a fully functional state.
  • Oppose punitive measures relating to supply chains or an excessive reliance on Buy American measures that invite foreign retaliation and instead advance policies to foster resiliency through incentives, mitigate risk through geographic diversity of supply, and avoid new trade barriers.
  • Advocate for a conduct-based approach to economic sanctions that target specific, clearly articulated objectives; favor multilateral measures to ensure effectiveness and avoid backfill; and maintain Executive flexibility to respond to changing circumstances.
  • 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 to avoid double taxation concerning taxes on income with Chile, Hungary, and Poland.

Recent Activity

CommentJun 22, 2021 - 9:45am

Comments on USMCA Interagency Labor Committee for Monitoring and Enforcement Interim Procedural Guidelines for Petitions

Comments to USTR and DOL on Interim Procedural Guidelines for USMCA Petitions

EventJun 16, 2021 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Advance with Africa AmCham Summit

Advance with Africa AmCham Summit

The U.S. - Africa Business Center invites you to join us for a two day virtual Advance with Africa AmCham Summit on June 16, 2021, highlighting our partnership with the continent.

Press ReleaseJun 15, 2021 - 2:00pm

U.S. Chamber Applauds U.S.-EU Shared Commitment to Transatlantic Relationship, Urges Continued Progress on Tech, Tariffs and Data Privacy

WASHINGTON D.C. - The following statement can be attributed to U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant: “We are delighted the U.S. and EU demonstrated their shared commitment and underscored the commercial and strategic importance of the transatlantic relationship during today’s summit. 

CommentJun 15, 2021 - 10:00am

Recommendations: Transatlantic Trade and Technology Council

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce welcomes the willingness of the United States and the European Union to reframe and refresh transatlantic ties. The U.S. and EU have a shared interest in establishing a forum for strategic engagement on trade and technology, as together we are responsible for the world’s most prosperous and interconnected commercial relationship.

Press ReleaseJun 03, 2021 - 4:30pm

U.S. Chamber Welcomes Administration Announcement on Global Vaccine Distribution 

The following statement on global vaccine distribution can be attributed to U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant.

Above the FoldJun 03, 2021 - 11:45am
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Bilateral Cooperation with the UAE on Climate, Digital Trade, Financial Services Innovation & Healthcare: 4 Ideas for the Biden Administration

The Biden Administration has prioritized efforts on ‘Climate Diplomacy’ since taking office in January 2021. Decarbonization, sustainability, and clean energy are top-tiered areas of focus as we enter a new era of U.S.

ReportJun 03, 2021 - 9:00am

Policy Recommendations for the New Administration: UAE

The United States and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) enjoy a strong and strategic bilateral relationship with the economic partnership serving as a critical avenue for mutual collaboration and investment. As a global hub for innovation, business, and finance, the UAE has increasingly become a more attractive destination for U.S. companies to invest and do business. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its U.S.-UAE Business Program are ready to work with the Biden Administration as it considers the future of the U.S.-UAE bilateral relationship through the newly established Strategic Dialogue and continuation of the existing Economic Policy Dialogue.

Above the FoldJun 02, 2021 - 11:45am
Programmer looking at computer code.

Europe’s Gamble on AI Regulation

The AI Act may be an inflection point in Europe’s digital future.

Above the FoldJun 02, 2021 - 11:15am
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Europe’s Data Strategy: Promoting Innovation or Undermining Competition?

Policymakers should focus more on helping European firms, rather than trying to use policy to trip up international competitors.

Letters to CongressMay 27, 2021 - 2:00pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on S. 1260, “United States Innovation and Competition Act”

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Senate on the manager’s amendment to S. 1260, the, "United States Innovation and Competition Act."