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 FoldJan 14, 2021 - 11:00am
Trade 2021

The State of American Business: How to Revitalize America’s Global Leadership

Here are the key takeaways from the U.S. Chamber's Policy Power Hour: America's Global Competitiveness on Jan. 13, 2021.

Above the FoldJan 06, 2021 - 2:00pm
trade cargo 2021

Deadlines and Decisions for American Trade in 2021

Here is your breakdown of the issues and events that are likely to dominate international economic policy in 2021.

Above the FoldDec 22, 2020 - 11:30am
Supply Chain trucks; trade

Improved North American Coordination on Essential Functions Policy Simply Cannot Wait

USMCA can help the U.S., Canada and Mexico harmonize continental essential services policy through the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Above the FoldDec 07, 2020 - 10:30am
Vaccine

How Trade, Immigration, and Global Supply Chains Will Defeat the Pandemic

Two COVID-19 vaccines were produced in record time—beating all but the most optimistic of forecasts. How? Read more.

Above the FoldOct 01, 2020 - 10:45am
US-Australia

Top 5 Reasons to Celebrate the U.S.-Australia FTA

It's the 15th anniversary of the U.S. - Australia Free Trade agreement. Here's why it matters:

Above the FoldSep 23, 2020 - 10:15am
US EU

Transatlantic Trade: Time to Pull the Rusty Nails

We explain how the U.S. and EU can build stronger ties by working collaboratively on a broad agenda for transatlantic trade.

Above the FoldSep 15, 2020 - 1:45pm
Doha, Qatar

The U.S.-Qatar Trade Relationship: A Case for Optimism

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Qatar Business Program held its 3rd annual Strategic Dialogue this week. Read the key takeaways here.

Above the FoldSep 14, 2020 - 4:30pm
Caribbean Trade

Why Congress Needs to Renew Caribbean, GSP Trade Programs Now

The Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA) & the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) will soon lapse. Why they need protection:

Above the FoldAug 21, 2020 - 12:00pm
Iraqi PM Visit Aug 2020

U.S.-Iraq Business Council Hosts Executive Roundtable with H.E. Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, Prime Minister of Iraq

Read the key takeaways from the U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-Iraq Business Council executive roundtable with the Prime Minister of Iraq.

Above the FoldAug 20, 2020 - 1:45pm
Global economics, resilience

B20 Global Dialogue: Why Digital Transformation is Needed for Economic Resilience Post-COVID-19 and Beyond

Read the key takeaways from B20 Saudi Arabia and the U.S. Chamber's event on building economic resilience through digital transformation.