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

Above the FoldMar 25, 2020 - 3:45pm
EU and US flags

Transatlantic Ties that Bind: We Must Continue to Lead

During this health crisis, the U.S. and Europe should be leading the global response to mounting health and economic challenges.

Above the FoldFeb 24, 2020 - 9:30am
U.S. Steel Worker

They’re Still There: Tariffs Weigh Heavily on U.S. Economy

While the U.S. economy remains strong, tariffs are still harming U.S. manufacturing – with the sector’s output contracting by 1.3% in 2019.

Above the FoldFeb 19, 2020 - 1:00pm
Global Trade, port in California

Quick Take: Your Primer on the World Trade Organization

The WTO provides critical rules for a strong international trading system – an invaluable function for U.S. business growth globally.

Above the FoldFeb 06, 2020 - 1:45pm
Global Trade

Why American Business Needs the WTO

The WTO's global rules-based trading system has benefited the entire world — especially the U.S. Here is everything you need about the WTO.

Above the FoldJan 29, 2020 - 11:30am
North America on a globe.

Quick Take: Your Primer on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)

Trade between the U.S. and Canada and Mexico reached $1.4 trillion in 2018, amounting to $3.8 billion daily.

Above the FoldJan 27, 2020 - 9:00am
Shipping containers

Two Big Wins for U.S. Trade

Completion of USMCA and the  Phase 1 deal with China mean big things to American business.

Above the FoldJan 16, 2020 - 6:15pm
Congress

USMCA Crosses Finish Line After Three-Year Marathon

USMCA has been three years in the making, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was involved at every step.

Above the FoldJan 16, 2020 - 9:00am
USMCA Trade

USMCA Approval Promises Certainty for North American Trade

The U.S. Senate passed the implementing bill for USMCA, preserving and strengthening our ties with Canada and Mexico.

Above the FoldJan 13, 2020 - 11:45am
US, EU

A Fresh Start for Transatlantic Relations

Now is the time to focus on opportunities that will benefit both sides of the Atlantic.

Above the FoldDec 18, 2019 - 12:00pm
Capitol

Congress Takes Key Steps to Propel American Businesses Forward with End-of-Year Legislation

Take a look at some of the Chamber's priorities that will be come law before the end of the year: