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

Above the FoldJul 20, 2018 - 9:00am

Five Things European Antitrust Gets Wrong

The relationship between antitrust and innovation is complex.

Above the FoldJul 19, 2018 - 8:00am
A worker assembles a Ford Super Duty series pickup truck at the company's manufacturing plant in Louisville, KY.

Tariffs Would Be a Dangerous U-Turn for U.S. Auto Sector

U.S. auto production has doubled over the past decade, and the sector employs nearly 8 million Americans.

Above the FoldJul 16, 2018 - 9:00am

Businesses and Consumers Reel From Trade Measures

The evidence is stacking up and the word is spreading: Tariffs are a major financial strain on American consumers and businesses alike.

Above the FoldJul 13, 2018 - 4:30pm
Cheese State

‘They Walked Away:’ Three Wisconsin Industries Reeling from Tariffs

More than $1 billion of the state’s exports are vulnerable due to the emerging trade war.

Above the FoldJul 13, 2018 - 2:45pm
Inside the U.S. Custom House in Portland, ME.

The Historic Tariff Increase in One Chart

Recent actions would spike duties collected by $145 billion, which would be a radical shift from prior policy.

Above the FoldJul 13, 2018 - 11:45am

‘We’re All Just in Limbo:’ 3 Florida Business Owners Feeling the Heat of Tariffs

More than $713 million of the state's exports are vulnerable due to the emerging trade war.

Above the FoldJul 11, 2018 - 5:00pm

‘I’ve Lost my Competitive Advantage:’ 3 Ohio Small Businesses Hurt by Tariffs

From manufacturing to agriculture, business owners are coping with the changes to come. For small businesses, there are no winners.

Above the FoldJul 10, 2018 - 11:00pm

‘Real Ugly, Real Quick': 3 Pennsylvania Industries Feeling the Sting of Tariffs

From manufacturing to agriculture, business owners are coping with the changes to come. For small businesses, there are no winners.

Above the FoldJul 09, 2018 - 4:30pm
Pawns on a chess board

‘I Feel Like We’re the Pawns:’ Meet 3 Michigan Small Businesses Already Hurt by Tariffs

More than $2.3 billion in Michigan exports are vulnerable due to the emerging trade war, leaving business owners paying the bill.

Above the FoldJul 09, 2018 - 1:45pm
A worker watches soybeans being loaded onto a truck at a grain elevator in Ohio, IL.

Tariff War Hits U.S. Agriculture and Manufacturing

Tariffs are a tax – one paid not by foreigners but by Americans.