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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Our Priorities

Trade and investment agreements that are fair and accountable create a level playing field and put American families and workers first. 

Priorities

  • Secure enactment of the U.S.-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA) to retain the benefits of free trade in North America. 
  • Support continued negotiations to address China’s unfair trade and industrial policies. 
  • Advocate for the termination of U.S. tariffs on imports of steel, aluminum, and a wide range of goods from China—and threatened against imports of autos and auto parts—as taxes on American families and businesses that undermine U.S. competitiveness. 
  • Support the negotiation of ambitious, comprehensive trade agreements with Japan, the European Union (EU), and the U.K. that hew closely to the negotiating objectives established in the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (known as Trade Promotion Authority). 
  • Represent U.S. business interests in the Brexit negotiations and the U.K.’s negotiations to secure a new trade agreement with the EU that guarantees continuing, strong commercial ties. 
  • Ensure that the implementing regulations for the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (FIRRMA) keep the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) focused specifically on legitimate national security concerns associated with inbound investment. 
  • Advocate for a balanced approach in implementing regulations for the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 that protects national security without unduly hindering legitimate commerce. 
  • Win congressional approval of permanent normal trade relations with Kazakhstan and its graduation from the Jackson-Vanik amendment to the Trade Act of 1974. 
  • Support full funding of the federal international affairs budget to advance U.S. economic interests, national security, and humanitarian values. 
  • Work to secure ratification of treaties for the avoidance of double taxation with respect to taxes on income with Chile, Hungary, and Poland. 

Recent Activity

Press ReleaseJun 02, 2020 - 4:00pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on Launch of Sec. 301 Investigation into Digital Services Taxes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant issued the following statement on the announcement by the Office of the U.S.

Above the FoldMay 27, 2020 - 11:30am
U.S. & Brazil Flags

Recommendations for a U.S.-Brazil Digital Trade Agreement

The Brazil-U.S. Business Council explains the importance of pursuing a digital trade agreement as the U.S. partnership with Brazil expands.

Press ReleaseMay 26, 2020 - 8:00am

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Urges Chinese Government to Preserve Hong Kong’s “One Country, Two Systems” Framework

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement today in response to China’s recent announcement to impose a new national security law on Hong Kong: 

EventMay 21, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:15pm

Competing in the Age of AI

A discussion of the platform strategies enabled by AI/ML technologies and the implications for global competition with author Marco Iansiti and moderated by Bryan Walsh, Future Correspondent, Axios.

Issue BriefMay 20, 2020 - 10:00am

Setting the Record Straight on the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United States

CLAIM: The WTO was created in 1995 to manage the global economy, and in doing so has undermined U.S. sovereignty and drawn economic policymaking authority away from nation-states.

Letters to CongressMay 20, 2020 - 9:00am

U.S. Chamber Letter on Nominations to the Export-Import Bank of the United States

This Hill letter was sent to Senate leadership and to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, supporting the nominations of Paul Shmotolokha to be First Vice President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and of Claudia Slacik for the Bank's Board of Directors.

Above the FoldMay 19, 2020 - 3:30pm
Face masks & gloves, COVID-19

Safeguarding the U.S. Supply of Medicines and Medical Products

Shortages of some medical products have led to renewed calls for "Buy American" rules – here's why that isn't the solution.

Press ReleaseMay 05, 2020 - 8:00am

U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-UK Business Council Welcomes Launch of U.S.-UK Trade Negotiations, Releases Updated Priorities for Talks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-UK Business Council welcomes the formal launch of negotiations towards a U.S.-UK trade agreement.

CommentMay 05, 2020 - 5:00am

U.S.-United Kingdom Trade Negotiations: Private Sector Priorities

The U.S. business community is encouraged that the United States and the United Kingdom (UK) are committed to securing tangible improvements in our bilateral trade and investment relationship through a comprehensive, high-standard trade agreement.