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 ProgramsTrade Works. Tariffs Don't.

New tariffs on steel, aluminum, and Chinese imports, as well as the potential for additional tariffs on autos and auto parts, threaten to spark a global trade war. 

Simply put, tariffs are a tax on American consumers and businesses. Tariffs are the wrong approach to address unfair trade practices.

See the state-by-state impacts of this emerging trade war.

Issues Briefs & Related Topics


   International Trade, Investment, and Regulatory Policy Objectives in 2019
  • Secure congressional approval of the U.S.-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA) to retain the benefits of free trade within North America and establish high-standard trade rules while opposing moves to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) without a successor agreement in place.
  • 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 without achieving their intended policy goals.
  • Support negotiations to address China’s theft of intellectual property, forced technology transfer practices, and other unfair trade and industrial policies.
  • Support the negotiation of ambitious, comprehensive trade agreements with Japan, the EU, and the UK 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 to maintain strong EU-UK trade and investment ties.
  • Secure reauthorization of the U.S. Export-Import Bank before its charter lapses on September 30 in order to counter the aggressive trade finance operations of other countries’ export credit agencies.
  • Ensure that the implementing regulations for the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (FIRRMA) keep the inter-agency 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 Jackson-Vanik.
  • 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 Hungary, Poland, and Chile and protocols amending existing conventions with Switzerland, Luxembourg, Spain, and Japan.

Recent Activity

Above the FoldJul 17, 2019 - 10:30am
Export Import Bank

Why America Needs EXIM Sooner, Not Later

U.S. exporters are outgunned by China 130-to-1 on trade finance. Congress must act now to level playing field.

Above the FoldJul 15, 2019 - 9:30am
Shipping Yard, Long Beach California

USMCA and the Future of North American Trade

USMCA modernizes NAFTA with digital trade rules, intellectual property protections, and other updates to help American businesses grow.

Above the FoldJul 11, 2019 - 3:00pm

USMCA is Vital for Wisconsin Businesses and Workers

Passage of USMCA will have a significant impact on Wisconsin’s farmers, manufacturers, and small businesses.

Above the FoldJul 10, 2019 - 10:00am
Barrels of bourbon whiskey sit stacked in an aging warehouse in Versailles, KY.

Tariffs Make American Whiskey Makers Tipsy

Distillers are trapped in trade disputes among U.S. trade partners.

Above the FoldJul 02, 2019 - 5:00pm
US EU Trade

On Trade, Europe Sprints Ahead

At last week’s G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, the European Union and the Mercosur countries of South America — Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay — announced that they’ve struck a deal for a comprehensive trade agreement. The announcement of this deal is great news… for workers, farmers, and companies in those countries.

Above the FoldJun 28, 2019 - 12:15pm
U.S. and Israeli flags

U.S.-Israel Cybersecurity Collaborative: A Roadmap for Global Private, Public Partnership

Nearly 20% of all global investment in cybersecurity occurs in Israel – behind only the U.S.

Above the FoldJun 27, 2019 - 12:00pm
Shipping containers with U.S. and China flags on them.

American Consumers Will Pay the Price for More Tariffs, Not China

The threatened expansion of tariffs could cost the average American family of four more than $2,000 a year.

Above the FoldJun 27, 2019 - 5:00am
Airplane flies over shipping containers.

Survey Finds More Than 25% of Fortune 500 Earnings Calls Touched on Tariffs Impact

The data adds to mounting evidence that tariffs pose a major threat to the U.S. economy.

Above the FoldJun 21, 2019 - 4:30pm
North America on a globe.

Quick Take: Your Primer on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)

Trade between the U.S. and Canada and Mexico reached $1.4 trillion in 2018, amounting to $3.8 billion daily.

Above the FoldJun 17, 2019 - 1:45pm
North America Connected

Expanding Digital Trade and IP Protection are Crucial for U.S. Small Business Growth

As online shopping grows in popularity, U.S. small businesses are finding unlimited growth potential in international markets.