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

 

 

 


Our Priorities

Secure market-opening trade agreements that deliver free and fair trade for American workers, farmers, and companies.

 

Priorities

  • Support pandemic response by lifting tariffs and other barriers to trade in medical supplies and working with international partners to eliminate export restrictions.
  • Rescind the Section 232 tariffs, which have not advanced the U.S. national security objectives at the heart of the underlying statute while undermining U.S. alliances and trade ties.
  • Press for a China policy that seeks improved access to the Chinese market, advances structural reforms in China and tariff relief through new negotiations, and works with allies globally to counter the challenges posed by China’s state capitalist policies.
  • Advocate for comprehensive, high-standard trade agreements—including with the U.K. and Kenya, in the Asia-Pacific, and by reviving the Trade in Services Agreement negotiations—as well as new digital trade agreements.
  • Secure approval of legislation renewing Trade Promotion Authority, the Generalized System of Preferences, and the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill.
  • Press for reform of laws delegating tariff authority to the Executive by requiring an affirming vote by both chambers of Congress for any new tariffs.
  • Advocate for trade and sustainability initiatives, including moves to eliminate tariffs on environmental goods and a robust outcome in the World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations aiming to discipline fisheries subsidies and thus combat the depletion of fish stocks.
  • Support the benefits of U.S. membership in the WTO and press for reforms to make it more agile as a negotiating forum, including greater use of plurilateral approaches along with reforms to restore its Appellate Body to a fully functional state.
  • Oppose punitive measures relating to supply chains or an excessive reliance on Buy American measures that invite foreign retaliation and instead advance policies to foster resiliency through incentives, mitigate risk through geographic diversity of supply, and avoid new trade barriers.
  • Advocate for a conduct-based approach to economic sanctions that target specific, clearly articulated objectives; favor multilateral measures to ensure effectiveness and avoid backfill; and maintain Executive flexibility to respond to changing circumstances.
  • 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 to avoid double taxation concerning taxes on income with Chile, Hungary, and Poland.

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Above the FoldJun 03, 2021 - 11:45am
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Above the FoldJun 02, 2021 - 11:45am
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Europe’s Gamble on AI Regulation

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Above the FoldJun 02, 2021 - 11:15am
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Europe’s Data Strategy: Promoting Innovation or Undermining Competition?

Policymakers should focus more on helping European firms, rather than trying to use policy to trip up international competitors.

Above the FoldMay 27, 2021 - 8:45am
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Transatlantic Relations: Convergence in Principle, Divergence in Fact?

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Above the FoldMay 26, 2021 - 2:00pm
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The Federal Trade Commission is seeking, through legislation, authority it is not supposed to have.

Above the FoldMay 13, 2021 - 2:45pm
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The Clock is Ticking on the Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

It’s time for the administration to strike a deal with America’s allies and rescind the Section 232 tariffs.

Above the FoldMay 10, 2021 - 3:30pm
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A More Influential New Zealand Emerges

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Above the FoldMay 06, 2021 - 3:30pm
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Above the FoldApr 29, 2021 - 12:30pm
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