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 ReleaseJan 09, 2020 - 10:00am

Donohue: 'Engaging with the world is our best strategy for strong national security and lasting prosperity'

Today U.S. Chamber CEO Thomas J. Donohue cautioned that the United States must continue to engage on the world stage or risk being left behind in his annual State of American Business Address.

SpeechJan 09, 2020 - 10:00am

2020 State of American Business Speech: A Year of Meaningful Action

U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue's remarks on the State of American Business as prepared for delivery on January 9, 2020.

ReportJan 09, 2020 - 9:30am
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U.S. Chamber Policy Priorities for 2020

This booklet is the guide to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's policy priorities for 2020. This booklet was released and referenced during the 2019 State of American Business on January 9th, 2020.

ArticleDec 30, 2019 - 11:45am
US-Brazil 2019

6 US-Brazil Public Policy Accomplishments to Know from 2019

2019 was a year of major public policy advancements in the U.S.-Brazil relationship. We witnessed concrete progress in areas from defense to intellectual property protection to visa facilitation.   Here are the biggest accomplishments the U.S.-Brazil relationship drove in 2019:

Press ReleaseDec 20, 2019 - 12:15pm

U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-UK Business Council: UK Parliament Vote on Withdrawal Agreement Legislation An Important Step Forward

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Marjorie Chorlins, executive director of the U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-UK Business Council issued the following statement in response to the UK Parliament Withdrawal Agreement legislation:

Press ReleaseDec 19, 2019 - 4:30pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on House Passage of USMCA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed USMCA on a bipartisan basis:

Press ReleaseDec 19, 2019 - 2:00pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on Reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber’s Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley issued the following statement after the Senate voted to approve reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank for seven years:

Press ReleaseDec 19, 2019 - 10:15am

U.S. Chamber Statement on EU Advocate General Opinion on Data Transfers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant today issued the following statement on the European Court of Justice Advocate General’s opinion on Data Protection Commissioner v Facebook Ireland, Maximillian Schrems (“Schrems II”).

Letters to CongressDec 18, 2019 - 2:15pm

U.S. Chamber Key Vote Letter on H.R. 5430, the USMCA Implementation Act

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives, supporting H.R. 5430, the "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Implementation Act."

Above the FoldDec 18, 2019 - 12:00pm
Capitol

Congress Takes Key Steps to Propel American Businesses Forward with End-of-Year Legislation

Take a look at some of the Chamber's priorities that will be come law before the end of the year: