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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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 FoldJan 10, 2018 - 6:00pm
U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue (right) and Neil Bradley, executive vice president and chief policy officer, at the 2018 State of American Business press conference.

U.S. Chamber Hopes for Progress on NAFTA, Infrastructure, Immigration

Here's what happened at the post-State of American Business Address press conference.

Above the FoldJan 08, 2018 - 3:30pm
Trucks sit parked at the Manila North Harbour Port.

How About a U.S.-Philippine Free Trade Agreement?

For the near term it is the United States’ only market-opening trade initiative in Asia.

Above the FoldDec 22, 2017 - 1:00pm
Attendees try out Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 smartphones at a media event in Seoul, South Korea.

How Can Asia Grow its Digital Economy?

Policymakers must be wary of short-sited or inward-looking policies.

Above the FoldDec 15, 2017 - 3:00pm
A pedestrian walks past plants displayed for sale in Manhattan's flower district in New York.

What a Small Milwaukee Flower Shop Teaches Us About Trade and NAFTA

Small businesses make up 97.7% of all Wisconsin businesses. Nearly nine in ten of those businesses trade their goods and services abroad.

Above the FoldDec 07, 2017 - 3:15pm
An employee on the production line at the General Motors assembly plant in Arlington, TX.

The Chief Beneficiary of NAFTA is Hidden in Plain Sight

Canada and Mexico are the top two markets for U.S. exports of manufactured goods, which have tripled under the trade agreement.

Above the FoldDec 06, 2017 - 3:45pm
A combine harvests hard red winter wheat in Zurich, KS.

Agriculture Sows Support for NAFTA

Elected officials and advocacy groups are making the case to President Trump not to withdraw from NAFTA.

Above the FoldNov 28, 2017 - 2:45pm
Blazers hang in a clothing factory in New York City.

How to Keep NAFTA Dressed for Success

We still make clothes here in the United States, but the bulk of our clothing is sewn offshore.

Above the FoldNov 22, 2017 - 9:00am

In 1988 Ronald Reagan Explained Why We Should Be Thankful for Trade

“Back in 1776, our Founding Fathers believed that free trade was worth fighting for."

Above the FoldNov 17, 2017 - 4:45pm
President Donald Trump speaks at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in Da Nang, Vietnam.

U.S. Leadership Needed in the Asia-Pacific

As the U.S. stands still other nations will continue moving ahead at the expense of our exporters and their workers.

Above the FoldNov 17, 2017 - 4:30am
NAFTA withdrawal scale.

Which States Would Be Hit Hardest by Withdrawing from NAFTA?

Withdrawing from NAFTA would be a disaster. Here are the numbers.