International Trade and Investment

Selling more of our goods and services around the world is a great way to create American jobs, help small businesses, and keep the United States ahead of its global competitors. The Chamber wants to negotiate trade and investment agreements that are fair, accountable, and create a level playing field; put American families and workers first; and benefit consumers and businesses, especially small businesses, which represent 97% of all U.S. exporters. 

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New @CompTIA study finds exports account for $1 out of every $4 generated in the U.S. tech industry @CompTIAAdvocacy


Tech exports directly support 40% of tech manuf jobs @CompTIAAdvocacy


#Brazil posts big trade surplus as imports, exports advance


Our Position

Exports Matter

1 in 4 manufacturing jobs depends on exports.

What better way to create good jobs at home, help small businesses, expand consumer choices, and improve American competitiveness than selling more of our goods and services to countries around the world? 95% of the world's consumers live outside our borders. Yet, while our markets are largely open to trade, many other countries are not.

That's why the U.S. Chamber's international team works every day to build bridges to promising markets abroad, to tear down the barriers that shut U.S. exports out of foreign markets, and to secure a brighter future where international commerce generates economic growth and job creation at home.

Our priorities include:

  • The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which will put fairness and accountability at the heart of our trade relationship with the Asia-Pacific region and open markets for American goods and services.
  • The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which would remove trade barriers between the United States and European Union, help level the playing the field, and boost economic growth and jobs on both sides of the pond.


Read our Top 10 Overlooked Facts About Trade and see why we believe there's much to gain in expanding international trade.


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This document, Pacific Partners 2017, is the third update on the ties between the U.S. and Japan, and is compiled by the U.S.-Japan Business Council. For this update, the growing exports of Japanese owned U.S. plants is but one of the highlights worth noting.

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 1:30pm

Gary Litman, Vice-President of Global Initiatives, participated in the G20 official workshop on resource efficiency convened by the German government in Berlin on March 15-18. The G20 is the only credible forum where resource extracting countries can talk to major consumers about industrial policies, and it intends to have a multi-year engagement to coordinate national policies. This work will be continued by the next president of the G20, Argentina.

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 12:30pm
MiC 2025

Made in China 2025 (MIC 2025) is a comprehensive plan to transform China into an advanced manufacturing leader. Targeting industries that constitute nearly 40 percent of China’s entire industrial value-added manufacturing, according to the Rhodium Group, MIC 2025 is part of China’s efforts to develop a more innovative economy and ascend the global value chain.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 10:00am
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is pleased to share this report. The Chamber and its members have long been committed to aligning trade, regulatory and competition policy in support of open and competitive markets. In recent years, however, the Chamber has grown concerned with disparate approaches to antitrust enforcement around the world and increasingly misguided uses of antitrust as a means to achieve industrial policy outcomes.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 2:30pm

This report uses a model to quantify the economic impact of full liberalisation of cross-border ICT services rules globally by creating an open, competitive marketplace. The report examines a group of eight globally important markets from a diverse range of economic development, including Brazil, the European Union, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Nigeria, Turkey, and Vietnam. Our findings demonstrate across the board benefits.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 9:00am
The U.S.-Israel Business Initiative's report, "Building a U.S.-Israel Strategic Economic Partnership: A framework to re-energize bilateral commercial relations," proposes the creation of a U.S.-Israel Strategic Economic Partnership, a new policy framework that recommends deepening collaboration on innovation, establishing a High-Level Economic Dialogue, cooperating on regulatory issues and standards, and upgrading our trade ties. Taken together, these ideas can help boost our economic and commercial ties to new heights.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 11:30am

The U.S.-UK Business Council highlights the importance of transitional arrangements as the United Kingdom exits and then resets its relationship with the European Union.

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 3:00pm