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

  • 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 FoldJan 18, 2019 - 10:00am
Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in London, England.

UK Parliament Rejected May’s Brexit Deal – What’s Next?

There are now just 70 days remaining before the UK is slated to leave the EU.

Above the FoldJan 14, 2019 - 1:30pm
U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue delivering the 2019 State of American Business address.

Keeping Up the Economic Momentum in 2019

We look forward to working with all our leaders to keep our country on the path to greater prosperity.

Above the FoldJan 07, 2019 - 6:15pm
Tom Donohue at the 2018 State of American Business

It was a Busy and Productive 2018 for the U.S. Chamber

Last year was full of accomplishments. 2019 will be no different.

Above the FoldDec 19, 2018 - 3:15pm
France's ministry of finance headquarters in Paris.

France Moves (Too) Quickly on A Digital Tax

Any measures should be adopted only after constructive dialogue among countries about modernizing the international taxation system.

Above the FoldDec 11, 2018 - 1:15pm
The Union Jack, flies in front of Big Ben, in London, U.K.

Quick Take: Your Primer on Brexit – and Why It Matters to U.S. Businesses

U.S. companies employ nearly 1.4 million Britons, and British companies employ more than 1.1 million Americans in the U.S.

Above the FoldDec 10, 2018 - 9:00am
Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico's president, President Donald Trump, and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after signing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

Next Steps for North American Trade

The USMCA will modernize the trade partnership that has formed the basis of North American relations for a quarter of a century.

Above the FoldNov 20, 2018 - 9:45am
Turkey at Koch Farms in Tamaqua, PA

How Tariffs ‘Gobble’ Up Thanksgiving

Many Americans could have some unexpected indigestion this holiday.

Above the FoldNov 16, 2018 - 3:45pm
Empty beer cans wait to be filled at the Other Half Brewing Co. in Brooklyn, NY.

Why We Should Lift the Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on Canada and Mexico

A 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum on imports from Canada and Mexico remain in place.

Above the FoldNov 15, 2018 - 9:00am
Nails travel along a vibrating platform.

Our Nail Manufacturing Company is at Risk Because of Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

Mid Continent Steel & Wire employs approximately 300 people, down from over 500 before the tariffs went into effect.

Above the FoldNov 09, 2018 - 11:15am
Soybeans are harvested near Tiskilwa, IL.

How Did Trade Play in the Midterms?

The evidence suggests tariffs were a drag on Republican candidates in some close races