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 FoldMay 21, 2018 - 9:00am
Trade cooperation

The Path Forward for U.S.-China Trade

It’s important that the U.S. and China agree on a common set of rules for the global economy and international trade—and then live by them.

Above the FoldMay 01, 2018 - 5:00pm
U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue speaks at the 9th China Business Conference.

Interesting Times for the U.S.-China Relationship

The bottom line on China is simple: Compete we will, but cooperate we must.

Above the FoldApr 30, 2018 - 1:30pm
The European Union flag outside the European Commission building in Brussels, Belgium.

The European Union Needs to Find the Right Mix for Regulating Online Platforms

A one-size-fits-all approach to regulating them could result in higher costs and impediments to innovation.

Above the FoldApr 27, 2018 - 1:15pm
A tugboat guides a cargo ship into the Port of Long Beach in Long Beach, CA.

The Deficit in Focusing on Specific Trade Deficits

Overall trade deficits may pose a danger; bilateral trade deficits don’t.

Above the FoldApr 16, 2018 - 8:00am
American dairy farmers depend on NAFTA markets. What happens when those markets are gone?

Already in the Crosshairs, How a NAFTA Pullout May Push Michigan Dairy Farmers Over the Edge

Ken Nobis has been a farmer for 50 years. He can't remember a time when the stakes have been so high.

Above the FoldApr 13, 2018 - 1:30pm
The United States flag, top, flies with the European Union flag.

Reminder: Transatlantic Trade Powers Prosperity

The Transatlantic Business Works Summit will provide an opportunity for the U.S. and EU to deepen ties in critical sectors.

Above the FoldApr 09, 2018 - 9:00am
Trade cooperation

Shared Trade Goals Require Partnership

The best path to solve trade concerns is to work with U.S. partners to forge agreements that guard against state capitalism.

Above the FoldMar 23, 2018 - 9:00am
Shipping containers stacked on a ship as it is unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles.

On Tariffs, Don’t Snatch Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

The U.S. economy faces one real policy threat in 2018, and that’s a trade war.

Above the FoldMar 21, 2018 - 9:00am
Wilbur Ross, U.S. commerce secretary, right, and Robert Lighthizer, U.S. trade representative.

Question Time on Trade

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will be testifying before Congress.

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.