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

In the NewsJun 20, 2018 - 11:45am

US Chamber of Commerce wants Trump to put America’s defense industry first

From Defense News: "America’s biggest business lobby wants the Trump administration put the American defense industry first and require the Pentagon to explain the impact on domestic jobs and national security each time it denies a foreign request to buy U.S. weapons."

ReportJun 19, 2018 - 5:30pm

Digital Drivers: Korea's Fast Lane to Economic Growth

This report highlights the best practices and policies that Korea can implement to maximize the benefits of technology across sectors, and help the Korean government sustainably develop its vision for the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Above the FoldJun 15, 2018 - 4:45pm
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.

Press ReleaseJun 15, 2018 - 8:45am

U.S. Chamber’s Donohue Statement on New Tariffs against China

“This is not the right approach.”WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue today issued the following statement: “Imposing tariffs places the cost of China’s unfair trade practices squarely on the shoulders of American consumers, manufacturers, farmers, and ranchers. This is not the right approach.”

LetterJun 13, 2018 - 4:30pm

Fiscal Year 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill

This letter was sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee ahead of their markup of the Fiscal Year 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

LetterJun 13, 2018 - 10:00am

Fiscal Year 2019 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill

This letter was sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs as the Subcommittee prepares to consider the Fiscal Year 2019 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations bill.

Above the FoldJun 11, 2018 - 9:00am
U.S. steel prices have risen 40% since January 2018.

Costs of Recent Trade Policies Rack Up

The administration is right to call attention to trade barriers that American companies face but strategy must aim at the right problems.

EventJun 11, 2018 - 8:30am to 6:30pm

US-Thailand Joint Economic & Business Promotion Conference

Save-the-Date

Issue BriefJun 08, 2018 - 4:45pm

Action Plan on U.S. Conventional Arms Transfer (CAT) Policy Executive Summary

Action Plan to Implement National Security Presidential Memorandum Regarding U.S. Conventional Arms Transfer Policy Executive Summary

Above the FoldJun 08, 2018 - 1:30pm
A tugboat guides a cargo ship into the Port of Long Beach in Long Beach, CA.

Chronicle of a Trade Debacle Foretold

To understand the dangers of protectionist trade policies look at Latin American history.