Southeast Asia

The Chamber's Southeast Asia team advocates for open markets, trade and investment opportunities, and a level playing field for American businesses to compete and prosper in Southeast Asia.


Asia’s business environment is evolving rapidly, and the Chamber is changing with it. Nowhere are these changes more pronounced than in Southeast Asia, where many businesses are relocating investments and sourcing activity. Amid U.S.-China trade tensions, surveys conducted by UBS Bank suggest that 20%–-30% of China’s total manufacturing capacity could relocate, with Southeast Asia a prime destination. McKinsey & Company estimates that the regionalization of supply chains could shift up to 25% of global trade flows, and the Chamber has estimated that U.S. tariffs on China have given Southeast Asian countries an average tariff advantage of 12%–-19%. As a result, the region is even more vital to U.S. commercial interests.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Southeast Asia and Regional Economic Architecture program harnesses the Chamber’s unique influence in American political and commercial life to provide tailored support to members in tackling challenging trade, investment, and regulatory barriers to doing business in these crucial markets.

The program provides access, information, concise analysis, and policy advocacy. The team collaborates with the most senior levels of government, influential associations, and think tanks and other non-governmental institutions on the ground in these markets, as well as with all relevant U.S. agencies in Washington, D.C., and their representatives in the region.

Recent Activity

CommentAug 31, 2021 - 10:00am

Chamber Response to Australia's Consultation Paper on Strengthening Australia’s Cyber Security Regulations and Incentives

The Chamber submitted comments to the Australia's Department of Home Affairs Consultation Paper on Strengthening Australia’s Cyber Security Regulations and Incentives.

Press ReleaseAug 13, 2021 - 3:45pm

U.S. Chamber Calls on U.S. Government to Surge COVID-19 Resources, Vaccines to Southeast Asia

Myron Brilliant, Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement in advance of Vice President Kamala Harris’ trip to Vietnam and Singapore, calling on the administration to surge vaccines and assistance to southeast Asia.

Press ReleaseAug 05, 2021 - 10:45am

Global Task Force on Pandemic Response Mobilizes Pandemic Relief in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, with Pledges of Aid from U.S. Businesses

The Global Task Force on Pandemic Response (GTF) — a public-private partnership of major U.S. companies organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with support from Business Roundtable — today announced plans to mobilize in support COVID-19 pandemic relief and response in Indonesia and Southeast Asia.

Press ReleaseJun 17, 2021 - 1:00pm

U.S. Chamber: United States Should Host APEC in 2023

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today called on the Biden-Harris Administration to host the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in 2023.  The United States last hosted the once-annual meetings in 2011 in Honolulu. 

EventApr 07, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm

Virtual InSTEP with Ash Carter

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for a session with former Secretary of Defense and Harvard Kennedy School Director of the Belfer Center Ash Carter, moderated by Washington Post Columnist David Ignatius.

Above the FoldApr 01, 2021 - 1:00pm
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

US-China Tariff Fight Leaves SE Asia in the Winner's Circle

The U.S.-China trade conflict presents opportunities for Southeast Asia, many of which grew their U.S. exports since the conflict began.

Press ReleaseJan 15, 2021 - 3:45pm

U.S. Chamber Encouraged By Decision Not to Impose Tariffs on Goods from Vietnam

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant issued the following statement in response to news that the Trump Administration will not impose tariffs on goods from Vietnam:

EventJan 13, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Policy Power Hour: Ensuring America's Global Competitiveness

Join us to discuss what it will take for America to remain a global leader in 2021 and beyond, including fortifying allied relationships, addressing challenges and opportunities in U.S.-China economic relations, and expanding trade and investment opportunities around the world.

Press ReleaseDec 11, 2020 - 6:00am

U.S. Chamber and AmCham Indonesia Convene Public and Private Sector Leaders for 8th Annual U.S.-Indonesia Investment Summit

WASHINGTON, D.C. and JAKARTA, INDONESIA – The U.S. and Indonesia are “partners in recovery” from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to government officials and private sector leaders at the 8th annual U.S.-Indonesia Investment Summit.