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

Above the FoldNov 20, 2018 - 9:45am
Turkey at Koch Farms in Tamaqua, PA

How Tariffs ‘Gobble’ Up Thanksgiving

Many Americans could have some unexpected indigestion this holiday.

Above the FoldNov 16, 2018 - 3:45pm
Empty beer cans wait to be filled at the Other Half Brewing Co. in Brooklyn, NY.

Why We Should Lift the Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on Canada and Mexico

A 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum on imports from Canada and Mexico remain in place.

TestimonyNov 15, 2018 - 11:00am

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Pre-Hearing Brief: USITC Hearing on the USMCA

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce submitted the following pre-hearing brief to the U.S. International Trade Commission ahead of a hearing titled, "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA): Likely Impact on the U.S. Economy and on Specific Industry Sectors." 

Above the FoldNov 15, 2018 - 9:00am
Nails travel along a vibrating platform.

Our Nail Manufacturing Company is at Risk Because of Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

Mid Continent Steel & Wire employs approximately 300 people, down from over 500 before the tariffs went into effect.

Above the FoldNov 09, 2018 - 11:15am
Soybeans are harvested near Tiskilwa, IL.

How Did Trade Play in the Midterms?

The evidence suggests tariffs were a drag on Republican candidates in some close races

Above the FoldNov 08, 2018 - 2:30pm
The American flag flies outside the U.S. Capitol.

What’s Next? 5 Takeaways from the Midterm Elections

What’s now on the table for the business community and a pro-growth agenda, and what should you be watching for in the months ahead?

Above the FoldNov 07, 2018 - 4:00pm
Philip Hammond, U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer, speaks at a Conservative Party annual conference in Birmingham, U.K.

The U.K. Tech Tax and the Tax on Clouds

The proposed digital services tax on gross receipts associated with the tech industry is a discriminatory sales tax.

Press ReleaseNov 07, 2018 - 12:15am

U.S. Chamber Statement on the Midterm Elections

Donohue: “Divided Government Does Not — And Cannot — Mean Gridlock”WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today on the outcome of the midterm elections:“The Chamber congratulates all successful House and Senate candidates on their election victories.

Press ReleaseNov 06, 2018 - 1:45pm

U.S. Chamber’s Donohue Conferred with Japan’s Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Earlier this year the Government of Japan announced that U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue would be conferred with its Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun Imperial Decoration for his work to strengthen the trade relationship between the United States and Japan.

Press ReleaseOct 31, 2018 - 3:00am

U.S. and Indian Business Organizations Launch Dialogue on IP Collaboration

New Delhi, India – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), in partnership with the U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-India Business Council, launched a new dialogue around a solutions-driven approach to intellectual property (IP) policy, innovation, and inclusive growth. The dialogue brings together leaders from the U.S. and Indian government and the Indo-U.S. business community in New Delhi.