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


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

Above the FoldJun 11, 2018 - 9:00am
U.S. steel prices have risen 40% since January 2018.

Costs of Recent Trade Policies Rack Up

The administration is right to call attention to trade barriers that American companies face but strategy must aim at the right problems.

EventJun 11, 2018 - 8:30am to 6:30pm

US-Thailand Joint Economic & Business Promotion Conference


Issue BriefJun 08, 2018 - 4:45pm

Action Plan on U.S. Conventional Arms Transfer (CAT) Policy Executive Summary

Action Plan to Implement National Security Presidential Memorandum Regarding U.S. Conventional Arms Transfer Policy Executive Summary

Above the FoldJun 08, 2018 - 1:30pm
A tugboat guides a cargo ship into the Port of Long Beach in Long Beach, CA.

Chronicle of a Trade Debacle Foretold

To understand the dangers of protectionist trade policies look at Latin American history.

TestimonyJun 07, 2018 - 2:00pm

U.S. Chamber testimony on advancing U.S. business investment and trade in the Americas

Testimony by Neil Herrington, U.S. Chamber senior vice president for the Americas, delivered to the House Foreign Affairs Western Hemisphere Subcommittee during a hearing on advancing U.S. business investment and trade in the Americas. 

Above the FoldJun 07, 2018 - 1:15pm
An employee welds together a frame for a sports utility vehicle at the General Motors assembly plant in Arlington, TX.

New Tariffs Threaten to Torpedo America’s Economic Resurgence

The administration should pursue thoughtful actions that address unfair trade practices for American businesses in global markets.

Above the FoldJun 04, 2018 - 11:00am
Indian Air Force helicopters carry an Indian national flag during a flypast in Bengaluru, India.

The U.S.-India Strategic Partnership and the Sanctions Conundrum

Congress must address the threat of sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.

Press ReleaseMay 30, 2018 - 7:30am

U.S. Chamber Statement on Additional Steel, Aluminum Tariffs and Quotas

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant issued the following statement today regarding the upcoming June 1 deadline for exemptions from proposed steel and aluminum tariffs:

Press ReleaseMay 29, 2018 - 11:45am

U.S. Chamber’s Donohue Comments on Administration’s Decision to Move Forward with Tariffs against China

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement regarding the administration’s decision to impose $50 billion of tariffs on Chinese imports: