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 FoldMay 20, 2019 - 9:00am
Packages move along conveyer belts at the Amazon.com fulfillment center in Robbinsville, NJ.

Supply Chains: Virtually Invisible, Vitally Important

The U.S. Chamber will leverage its lobbying muscle, deep resources, and expertise to modernize them for the consumers and companies.

Above the FoldMay 17, 2019 - 3:45pm
President Donald Trump speaks at the National Association of Realtors Legislative Meeting and Trade Expo in Washington, D.C.

President Trump Agrees to Lift Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on Canada and Mexico

This action delivers a welcome burst of momentum for the USMCA in Congress.

Above the FoldMay 10, 2019 - 2:45pm
China and U.S. flags superimposed on shipping containers.

Quick Take: Your Primer on Trump’s China Tariffs

Tariffs fall squarely on the shoulders of American consumers, manufacturers, farmers, and ranchers.

Above the FoldMay 06, 2019 - 9:00am
Pedestrians walk past the Japanese national flag reflected in a window of a department store in Tokyo.

On Trade: A Chance to Go Big in Japan

We have a chance for our countries to set the rules of trade in the 21st century.

Above the FoldMay 03, 2019 - 2:30pm
U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue hosted the U.S.–Mexico CEO Dialogue in Mexico in April with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to drive passage of the USMCA.

Impact by the Numbers: The Year So Far

From leading the charge on fixing our nation’s infrastructure to guiding international trade policy, we have been very active.

Above the FoldMay 02, 2019 - 4:45pm
Myron Brilliant, executive vice president and head of International Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (left), talks with Secretary Madeleine Albright at the Mandela Centennial Business Forum.

Madeleine Albright Talks about Mandela’s Legacy and Business’ Role in Supporting Democracy

“He really was a shining light," said the former Secretary of State.

Above the FoldApr 16, 2019 - 9:00am
Canadian, American and Mexican flags stand on stage ahead of the first round of North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations in Washington, D.C.

All About That Base(line): How to Interpret the International Trade Commission Report on USMCA

Liberalized trade with Canada and Mexico has been important to the U.S. economy.

Above the FoldApr 15, 2019 - 9:00am
Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (center left) shakes the hand of U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue at the U.S.-Mexico CEO Dialogue in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.

Business Can Strengthen the U.S.-Mexico Relationship

Trade with our neighbor to the south exceeds $1.8 billion daily and supports nearly 5 million American jobs.

Above the FoldApr 12, 2019 - 10:45am
European Union and United States flags.

Driving the Strong Economic Relationship Between the U.S. and Europe

More than $3.75 billion in goods and services are traded across the Atlantic each day.

Above the FoldApr 08, 2019 - 9:00am
Buildings stand in darkness during a power outage in Caracas, Venezuela.

Only Free Enterprise Can Save Venezuela

What happens when a society loses its faith in free enterprise? In a word: Venezuela.