Trade & International

Free and fair trade policies and agreements are vital to American economic prosperity. We rely on mutually beneficial trade relationships with our neighbors near and far because open, two-way trade and investment means more opportunity for every American.

Representing CEO members who lead companies with more than 15 million employees, Business Roundtable urges Congress to pass legislation to implement the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) as soon as possible. Over 12 million American jobs depend on the $1.4 trillion in trade with Canada and Mexico. Passing USMCA will modernize a 25-year old agreement with our neighbors and preserve and strengthen North American trade and investment.” -Joshua Bolten, President & CEO of Business Roundtable
Trade with Canada and Mexico supports over 12 million American jobs. Modernizing and strengthening these partnerships provides a unique opportunity to build on this success and to expand U.S. economic growth and job creation.
China engages in unfair trade and investment practices, preventing U.S. companies from competing on a level playing field and hurting U.S. workers. Business Roundtable urges the Administration to negotiate solutions to these long-standing issues with China and de-escalate economic tensions and remove broad unilateral tariffs. The Administration should also continue to work with allies to strengthen and sustain reforms in China to provide more stability for the American economy and to help American businesses compete fairly.
Tariffs are taxes or duties that must be paid on goods being imported into the United States. While the unilateral imposition of tariffs may be permitted under U.S. law under special and circumstances, the misuse of tariffs under these laws can create trade wars that hurt American companies, workers, farmers, and consumers.
From manufacturing and transportation to information technology, construction, professional services and agriculture, and everything in between, every sector of our economy benefits from trade. With more than 95 percent of the world’s population and 80 percent of the world’s purchasing power outside the United States, future economic growth and jobs for the United States increasingly depend on expanding U.S. trade and investment opportunities in the global marketplace.