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 FoldSep 20, 2018 - 12:30pm
A container ship sits docked a the Port of Oakland in Oakland, CA.

The High Price of Tariffs

The tariff war will hurt consumers, reverse tax cuts, and cost jobs.

Above the FoldSep 10, 2018 - 12:45pm
Mother playing with a baby in a Graco Bay Products play pen.

We’re Expecting Our First Child. The Trade War Is Hitting Our Family.

One company faces the potential for a 10% to 25% tariff on many of its car seats, high chairs, baby swings and play pens.

Above the FoldAug 29, 2018 - 10:00am
Shipping containers sit stacked at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, CA.

Piling On: These States Got Walloped by the Latest Trade War Escalation

The tit-for-tat escalation of the tariff war continues. China imposed tariffs on an additional $16 billion in U.S. exports on August 23.

Above the FoldAug 24, 2018 - 12:15pm
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 FoldAug 20, 2018 - 12:00pm
Canadian, American and Mexican flags stand on stage ahead of the first round of North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations in Washington, D.C.

How We’ll Assess a New NAFTA

After a year of negotiations, a second edition of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) may be within reach.

Above the FoldAug 17, 2018 - 1:30pm
Tariffs

'It’s Bad News for Us:' Arizona’s Farmers, Manufacturers, Brewers Among Trade War’s Victims

Retaliatory tariffs threaten approximately $266 million of the state's exports.

Above the FoldAug 06, 2018 - 9:00am
Trade not aid

Here’s What a Bailout for the Trade War Would Cost

The U.S. Chamber crunched the numbers on the proposed bailout for the trade war.

Above the FoldAug 02, 2018 - 2:30pm
A worker stacks a straw bale at a recently harvested wheat field in the village of Kirkland in Dekalb, Illinois

‘We’re to the Breaking Point:’ New Tariffs Sow Seeds of Fear Across America’s Heartland

“We’d rather have trade. Any aid package, no matter what dollar amount, is a Band-Aid on an arterial bleed.”

Above the FoldAug 01, 2018 - 2:15pm
Entrance to the Export-Import Bank

To Win New Markets, Put the Ex-Im Bank Back in the Ring

Quickly confirming strong nominees to lead the bank and reestablishing its quorum should remain a top priority.

Above the FoldJul 31, 2018 - 4:30pm
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum at the U.S. Chamber.

Business Prospects are Bright in the Indo-Pacific Region

By 2030 the region will contain 66% of the world’s middle class and 59% of middle class consumption.