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

Above the FoldMar 12, 2021 - 10:30am
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How the Administration’s Climate and “Buy American” Goals May Clash

We break down the challenges facing the Biden administration when it comes to balancing climate and “Buy American” goals.

Above the FoldMar 11, 2021 - 1:00pm
Suzanne Clark, U.S. Chamber President and CEO

Business Will Lead the Next American Century

Coming out of the global pandemic, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to embrace and lead transformation

Press ReleaseMar 09, 2021 - 9:00am

PepsiCo’s Eugene Willemsen Named Chair of U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-Africa Business Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-Africa Business Center (USAfBC) named Eugene Willemsen, Chief Executive Officer for Africa, Middle East, South Asia at PepsiCo, as its new chair, effective March 2021. 

Above the FoldMar 05, 2021 - 11:00am
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Businesses Need a New Privacy Shield Now

Why an EU-U.S. Privacy Shield must be at the top of policymakers’ agenda.

Above the FoldMar 04, 2021 - 2:00pm
The White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW in Washington, D.C.

The US Needs a Holistic Approach to Engaging Africa ASAP

The U.S. Chamber recently shared a slate of Recommendations to the Biden-Harris Administration and Congress on Africa. Read them here.

Letters to CongressMar 02, 2021 - 11:45am

U.S. Chamber Letter on the Nomination of Gina Raimondo be Secretary of Commerce

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Senate, supporting the Nomination of Gina Raimondo to be Secretary of Commerce.

EventFeb 23, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm

InSTEP: Global Risk with Ian Bremmer of Eurasia Group

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s International Affairs Division will host Eurasia Group Founder and President Ian Bremmer for a discussion of global risk in foreign policy, global trade and national security.

Letters to CongressFeb 23, 2021 - 8:15am

U.S. Chamber Letter on the Nomination of Katherine Tai to be U.S. Trade Representative

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the Senate Committee on Finance, supporting the nomination of Katherine Tai to be United States Trade Representative (USTR).

Above the FoldFeb 22, 2021 - 10:30am
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Three Trade Imperatives for the Biden Administration

The Biden administration’s trade team is inheriting a number of thorny, near-term challenges with broad implications for American workers, farmers, and businesses. From the White House to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and across the cabinet, it will be important for officials to remain focused on the big picture—including imperatives such as these.

Above the FoldFeb 18, 2021 - 5:30pm
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Transatlantic Cooperation: The Time Is Now

Action on both sides is imperative to maintain a healthy transatlantic trade relationship.