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 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 FoldMar 15, 2018 - 5:00am

Six Wins as KORUS Turns Six

U.S. exports of both goods and services to South Korea hit record levels in 2017.

Above the FoldMar 08, 2018 - 9:00am
Saudi Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud visiting the U.S. Chamber.

The Pivotal Role Women Will Play in Saudi Arabia’s Economic Future

Women will play a pivotal role in helping to unlock the country's vast potential.

Above the FoldMar 06, 2018 - 4:30pm
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) spoke at the 2018 Outlook on the Americas AACCLA’s Annual Spring Meeting in Miami.

Here are 3 Opportunities for the U.S. to Strengthen Economic Engagement in its own Neighborhood

Uncertainty is the watch word for the business community in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Above the FoldFeb 28, 2018 - 9:00am
Arizona state flag

How One Border State is Paving the Way for NAFTA-Powered Jobs and Growth

A new NAFTA must be built through a practical and business-savvy modernization.

Above the FoldFeb 14, 2018 - 1:15pm
Supercritical fluid extraction equipment.

30 Years, 300 Jobs: How One Immigrant Entrepreneur Built a Booming Pittsburgh Business through Trade and Innovation

Being able to export to international markets has been an essential part of Thar Process' success.

Above the FoldFeb 13, 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.

The Case for a 'Fully Enforceable' NAFTA

The administration has proposed to gut enforcement tools in the free trade agreement.

Above the FoldFeb 06, 2018 - 1:15pm
A doctor performs surgery with the help of a nurse Seoul, South Korea.

KORUS Implementation Matters to the Future of Health Care Innovation in Korea

It would promote increased exports of U.S. health care innovations to Korea, supporting jobs here.

Above the FoldFeb 06, 2018 - 8:30am
Cargo at the Port of Charleston, S.C.

Trade Deficit Truths

A trade deficit is often a sign of economic good health.

Above the FoldFeb 02, 2018 - 9:15am
Nachos, made better by NAFTA

The Super Bowl Without NAFTA? Not So Super.

On Sunday 100 million Americans will gather around TVs, snark at the commercials, and stuff their faces with food, all thanks to NAFTA.

Above the FoldJan 29, 2018 - 12:00pm
Donald Trump 2017 Special Address to Joint Session of Congress

What We’re Watching: State of the Union 2018

The U.S. Chamber will be listening intently to see what the administration aims to achieve this year.