Trade & International Engagement

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.

Trade with Mexico and Canada supports 11 million American jobs. Modernizing and strengthening NAFTA provides a unique opportunity to build on this success and to expand U.S. economic growth and job creation under NAFTA.
China engages in discriminatory trade practices. But unilateral tariffs through Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 are not the right approach to addressing these issues. Such tariffs are putting U.S. businesses, farmers, communities and families at risk, including from foreign retaliatory actions.
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.