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 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.

Press ReleaseAug 20, 2018 - 2:45pm

U.S.-Korea Business Council Statement on U.S. Investigation of Potential Auto Tariffs

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Korea Business Council (USKBC) today issued the following statement regarding the U.S.

Above the FoldAug 20, 2018 - 12:00pm
Canadian, American and Mexican flags stand on stage ahead of the first round of North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations in Washington, D.C.

How We’ll Assess a New NAFTA

After a year of negotiations, a second edition of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) may be within reach.

LetterAug 17, 2018 - 4:15pm

U.S. Chamber Submission to USTR on Potential for $200 billion in Tariffs on China (USTR-2018-0026)

Submission of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for the "Proposed Determination of Action Pursuant to Section 301: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation" Docket Number: USTR-2018-0026 August 17, 2018

Above the FoldAug 17, 2018 - 1:30pm
Tariffs

'It’s Bad News for Us:' Arizona’s Farmers, Manufacturers, Brewers Among Trade War’s Victims

Retaliatory tariffs threaten approximately $266 million of the state's exports.

Press ReleaseAug 07, 2018 - 4:15pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on New Market Access for U.S. Poultry in Morocco

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber Senior Vice President and U.S.-Africa Business Center (USAfBC) President Scott Eisner today released the following statement after the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Department of Agriculture announced new market access for U.S.

Above the FoldAug 06, 2018 - 9:00am
Trade not aid

Here’s What a Bailout for the Trade War Would Cost

The U.S. Chamber crunched the numbers on the proposed bailout for the trade war.

Above the FoldAug 02, 2018 - 2:30pm
A worker stacks a straw bale at a recently harvested wheat field in the village of Kirkland in Dekalb, Illinois

‘We’re to the Breaking Point:’ New Tariffs Sow Seeds of Fear Across America’s Heartland

“We’d rather have trade. Any aid package, no matter what dollar amount, is a Band-Aid on an arterial bleed.”