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 FoldNov 16, 2018 - 3:45pm
Empty beer cans wait to be filled at the Other Half Brewing Co. in Brooklyn, NY.

Why We Should Lift the Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on Canada and Mexico

A 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum on imports from Canada and Mexico remain in place.

Above the FoldNov 15, 2018 - 9:00am
Nails travel along a vibrating platform.

Our Nail Manufacturing Company is at Risk Because of Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

Mid Continent Steel & Wire employs approximately 300 people, down from over 500 before the tariffs went into effect.

Above the FoldNov 09, 2018 - 11:15am
Soybeans are harvested near Tiskilwa, IL.

How Did Trade Play in the Midterms?

The evidence suggests tariffs were a drag on Republican candidates in some close races

Above the FoldNov 08, 2018 - 2:30pm
The American flag flies outside the U.S. Capitol.

What’s Next? 5 Takeaways from the Midterm Elections

What’s now on the table for the business community and a pro-growth agenda, and what should you be watching for in the months ahead?

Above the FoldNov 07, 2018 - 4:00pm
Philip Hammond, U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer, speaks at a Conservative Party annual conference in Birmingham, U.K.

The U.K. Tech Tax and the Tax on Clouds

The proposed digital services tax on gross receipts associated with the tech industry is a discriminatory sales tax.

Above the FoldOct 30, 2018 - 2:30pm
A tariffying Halloween

Halloween is More ‘Tariffying’ this Year Because of the Trade Conflict

Tariffs will drain the life out of our surging economy, costing jobs and hitting families in their wallets.

Above the FoldOct 30, 2018 - 1:30pm
A Kenya Airways 787 Dreamliner lands in Nairobi, Kenya, after completing a non-stop flight from New York City. Photo credit: Kenya Airways.

New Direct Flights Between the U.S. and Kenya Unlock Opportunities for Business

Easier travel will open the door for growth in trade and services in Kenya and the broader East Africa region.

Above the FoldOct 25, 2018 - 10:15am
A Vietnamese national flag flies over the roadside in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Vietnam’s Law on Cybersecurity: Bad on Cybersecurity, Bad for Vietnam

It will discourage investment, violate the country's trade commitments, and put its impressive economic growth at risk.

Above the FoldOct 18, 2018 - 11:15am
A tugboat guides a cargo ship into the Port of Long Beach in Long Beach, CA.

Quick Take: Your Primer on the Latest Tariffs News

China, Canada, Mexico, and the European Union have imposed $150 billion in retaliatory tariffs.

Above the FoldOct 08, 2018 - 9:00am
United States, Canada, and Mexico flags


The aim of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement is to bring North American trade policy into the 21st century.