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International Trade & Investment

The international trade environment is increasingly uncertain — driven by complex and tumultuous political and economic forces.


International trade should be designed to optimize AmChamUS members’ ability to engage in the cost-efficient and timely exchange of goods and services across borders, in full compliance with all local laws and regulations.


Selling more of our goods and services around the world is crucial to creating American jobs, helping small businesses, and keeping the U.S. ahead of its global competitors.


AmChamUS seeks negotiated trade and investment agreements that are fair and accountable, which create a level playing field, and puts American families and workers first.


Trade policy can and must benefit all consumers and businesses, including small businesses, which represent 98 percent of all U.S. exporters.

AmChamUS believes in trade not tariffs.

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.

Innovation & Technology

There are few industries as dynamic as telecommunications, media and technology. Rapid advances in this sector have impacted many business models and the way companies operate.


Promote the role of technology in our economy and advocate for rational policy solutions that drive economic growth, spur innovation, and create jobs. 



  • New sectors of the digital economy raise regulatory and policy questions surrounding taxes; data collection; privacy; Internet governance; regulatory jurisdiction; antitrust and competition; and intellectual property, copyright and consumer protection, to name a few.

  • Advocate for passage of a preemptive federal privacy law based on the US Chamber’s privacy principles and model legislation. 

  • Educate federal and state lawmakers about the benefits of the data-driven economy and the cost of over-regulating data.

Communications Infrastructure 

  • As mobile technologies become more ingrained into daily social practices, communications infrastructure will be the most vital component for the average citizen. 

  • Support Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the US Department of Agriculture connecting rural Americans to broadband through smart funding, regulation, and permitting. 

  • Advocate for federal legislation and regulatory action to streamline and reduce regulatory barriers to 5G, wireline, wireless, and other communications infrastructure. 

  • Engage members on the best use of federally allocated spectrum.

Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) 

  • Major corporations are seeking to use autonomous vehicles (AVs) and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology to deliver goods, inspect critical infrastructure and create efficiencies in supply chain management, along with countless other applications that will create efficiencies and boost bottom lines.

  • Monitor federal and state legislative activity to support bills that incentivize innovation and prevent enactment of bills that stifle technology development and potentially harm the safety around these technologies. 

  • Advocate for light touch policy approaches for AVs and UAS and engage with agencies such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). 

  • Coordinate with the administration, FAA, U.S. Congress and state-based organizations to build a foundation of evidence highlighting the economic impact and job creation of AVs and UAS so policymakers can proceed with evidence-based policy for both industries.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning 

  • Advocate for an open environment that allows research and development, and the creation of responsible emerging technologies, specifically artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

  • From transportation to financial services and health care to e-commerce, AI is factoring into business planning and decision-making.  

  • Work with public- and private-sector leaders to educate the public, media, business stakeholders and policymakers on the benefits of AI and machine learning across industries.


  • Blockchain networks and the cryptocurrencies that fuel them are transforming financial and digital services. But there are major barriers to these advancements. Innovators face regulatory minefields while lawmakers must navigate complex consumer protection and security concerns.

  • Improve education and awareness of blockchain technology. 

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