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

EventApr 03, 2018 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
U.S.-Baltic Business Summit

U.S. Baltic Business Summit

The U.S.-Baltic Business Summit celebrates the commercial and economic relationship between the United States and Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. This event takes place as the Baltic states celebrate their 100th anniversary of independence.

Press ReleaseMar 28, 2018 - 12:30pm

U.S. Chamber's Donohue Statement on the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue today issued the following statement on the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS): “The U.S. Chamber welcomes today’s announcement from the United States and South Korea regarding KORUS, restoring certainty to one of our most important economic and national security relationships.  

EventMar 26, 2018 - 12:30pm to 6:00pm

Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) Cross Border Privacy Rules (CBPR)

This workshop will feature panel discussions focused on implementation, benefits, and operation of Cross-Border Privacy Rules as well as the next steps for promoting CBPRs. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Federal Trade Commission Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen will deliver keynote remarks.

Above the FoldMar 23, 2018 - 9:00am
Shipping containers stacked on a ship as it is unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles.

On Tariffs, Don’t Snatch Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

The U.S. economy faces one real policy threat in 2018, and that’s a trade war.

Above the FoldMar 21, 2018 - 9:00am
Wilbur Ross, U.S. commerce secretary, right, and Robert Lighthizer, U.S. trade representative.

Question Time on Trade

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will be testifying before Congress.

Press ReleaseMar 16, 2018 - 11:00am

U.S. Chamber to Launch Defense and Aerospace Export Council

Keith Webster Hired to Serve as President

Press ReleaseMar 15, 2018 - 3:30pm

U.S. Chamber’s Donohue Comments on Potential Tariffs against China

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue today issued the following statement regarding potential tariffs against China: “The administration is right to focus on the negative economic impact of China’s industrial policies and unfair trade practices, but the U.S. Chamber would strongly disagree with a decision to impose sweeping tariffs.

Above the FoldMar 15, 2018 - 5:00am

Six Wins as KORUS Turns Six

U.S. exports of both goods and services to South Korea hit record levels in 2017.

EventMar 14, 2018 - 12:00pm
Irish PM - Executive Roundtable

Executive Roundtable with Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Leo Varadkar

Key takeaways from the March 14 executive roundtable with Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Leo Varadkar

Above the FoldMar 08, 2018 - 9:00am
Saudi Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud visiting the U.S. Chamber.

The Pivotal Role Women Will Play in Saudi Arabia’s Economic Future

Women will play a pivotal role in helping to unlock the country's vast potential.