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 FoldJul 09, 2020 - 11:15am
Antitrust & Market Competition

Quick Take: Antitrust Laws (Not Just Big Tech) Under Attack

Breaking down all things antitrust laws: their place in the election narrative, why they matter, how they impact the market, and more.

Above the FoldJun 18, 2020 - 1:00pm
AI General

Our Response to Europe’s AI Proposals

As the use of AI increases, so do conversations about its regulation. Check out our response to the European Commission's AI white paper.

Above the FoldJun 10, 2020 - 3:30pm
U.S.-Iraq Business Council

Reimagining the U.S.-Iraq Relationship

U.S.-Iraq Business Council leadership breaks down how to grow our bilateral economic relationship with Iraq following the COVID-19 crisis.

Above the FoldMay 27, 2020 - 11:30am
U.S. & Brazil Flags

Recommendations for a U.S.-Brazil Digital Trade Agreement

The Brazil-U.S. Business Council explains the importance of pursuing a digital trade agreement as the U.S. partnership with Brazil expands.

Above the FoldMay 19, 2020 - 3:30pm
Face masks & gloves, COVID-19

Safeguarding the U.S. Supply of Medicines and Medical Products

Shortages of some medical products have led to renewed calls for "Buy American" rules – here's why that isn't the solution.

Above the FoldApr 14, 2020 - 9:15am
US and Mexico Flags

Success in Fighting COVID-19 Depends on U.S.-Mexico Cooperation on Essential Industries

The U.S. and Mexico should work immediately to align as closely as possible around the CISA guidance to keep supply chains in tact.

Above the FoldApr 06, 2020 - 4:30pm
U.S.-Canada Flags

How Cutting Off U.S.-Canada Trade Will Hurt, Not Help, the Fight Against the Coronavirus

The U.S.-Canada trade relationship offers a snapshot of how our international commerce is helping pandemic response in a host of ways.

Above the FoldMar 25, 2020 - 3:45pm
EU and US flags

Transatlantic Ties that Bind: We Must Continue to Lead

During this health crisis, the U.S. and Europe should be leading the global response to mounting health and economic challenges.

Above the FoldFeb 24, 2020 - 9:30am
U.S. Steel Worker

They’re Still There: Tariffs Weigh Heavily on U.S. Economy

While the U.S. economy remains strong, tariffs are still harming U.S. manufacturing – with the sector’s output contracting by 1.3% in 2019.

Above the FoldFeb 19, 2020 - 1:00pm
Global Trade, port in California

Quick Take: Your Primer on the World Trade Organization

The WTO provides critical rules for a strong international trading system – an invaluable function for U.S. business growth globally.