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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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

ReportSep 25, 2018 - 3:15pm

Indonesia's Journey: Investment Report 2018

The sixth annual Investment Report examines the economic progress made under Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s administration and compares the country’s investment environment to other such environments in Southeast Asia.

Above the FoldSep 25, 2018 - 12:15pm
China and U.S. flags superimposed on shipping containers.

Quick Take: Your Primer on Trump’s China Tariffs

Tariffs fall squarely on the shoulders of American consumers, manufacturers, farmers, and ranchers.

Above the FoldSep 25, 2018 - 10:45am
Mandela Washington Fellows discussed the business environment in Africa at the Africa Business Summit at the U.S. Chamber.

The Generation that will Transform Africa

Youth skills development will be central to Africa’s future

EventSep 24, 2018 - 8:00am to 6:00pm

The New Digital Economy: Creating Thailand-U.S. Commercial Opportunities

Focusing on this next stage of Thailand’s development, we will explore the frameworks and policy needed to promote the growth of cutting edge industries.

Above the FoldSep 20, 2018 - 12:30pm
A container ship sits docked a the Port of Oakland in Oakland, CA.

The High Price of Tariffs

The tariff war will hurt consumers, reverse tax cuts, and cost jobs.

LetterSep 18, 2018 - 11:30am

Joint Letter on NAFTA

This letter, signed by the Chamber, BRT and NAM, was sent to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

Press ReleaseSep 17, 2018 - 6:45pm

U.S. Chamber’s Donohue Statement on $200 Billion in New Tariffs on China

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue today issued the following statement:

Above the FoldSep 10, 2018 - 12:45pm
Mother playing with a baby in a Graco Bay Products play pen.

We’re Expecting Our First Child. The Trade War Is Hitting Our Family.

One company faces the potential for a 10% to 25% tariff on many of its car seats, high chairs, baby swings and play pens.

Press ReleaseAug 31, 2018 - 5:00pm

U.S. Chamber’s Donohue Comments on NAFTA Negotiations

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today regarding the NAFTA negotiations: “We’re pleased that the negotiations to modernize NAFTA will continue with the goal of reaching a deal with both Canada and Mexico, our two largest export markets.

Above the FoldAug 29, 2018 - 10:00am
Shipping containers sit stacked at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, CA.

Piling On: These States Got Walloped by the Latest Trade War Escalation

The tit-for-tat escalation of the tariff war continues. China imposed tariffs on an additional $16 billion in U.S. exports on August 23.