Trade and Investment

What’s at Stake for Business

  • Opening global markets for trade and investment can generate much needed economic growth and job creation in the U.S. and around the world if policymakers take the steps needed to address protectionist policies.
  • Without investment, both inward and outward, economies stagnate and citizens suffer.

Current Objectives

Read the USCIB American Competitiveness Agenda 2017

  • Effective enforcement of existing trade agreements and advancing negotiations and agreements that improve market access for U.S. companies, including regional agreements in the Pacific and with Europe.
  • Updates to NAFTA to better reflect the modern economy, including the reality of North American supply chains that enhance U.S. competitiveness and the growing importance of digital trade.
  • Progress on advancing 21st century standards for the full range of services trade.
  • Removal of localization barriers to trade, restrictions in cross-border data flows, discriminatory support of SOEs, inadequate anti-bribery enforcement and eroding IP protections.
  • Investment policies that open markets through bilateral investment treaties with countries such as China and India.
  • Recognition that FDI is a necessary tool to finance and deliver innovative solutions to shared challenges such as climate change and global development.



Charles R. (Rick) Johnston
Managing Director, Global Government Affairs
Citigroup Inc.


Rob Mulligan
Senior Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs
(202) 682-7375 or

Shaun Donnelly
Vice President, Investment and Financial Services
202-617-3156 or

Christopher Olsen
Policy & Program Assistant, Washington
(202) 371-9235 or


Through our international platforms, we work closely with our unique network of relationships with business groups in other countries to address key trade, investment and regulatory opportunities to better facilitate global growth and competitiveness:

  • At the WTO, where we are advocating for robust implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement
  • At the UN and the OECD, where we are pushing for strong pro-investment, pro-FDI policies by leveraging our global business networks (ICC and BIAC).
  • In Washington, where we regularly meet with USG officials to ensure that the U.S. business position is well reflected in trade and investment negotiations.

Recent Advocacy Engagement

USCIB supports strong enforcement of trade and investment rules, and works to discourage counter-productive measures that undercut our international commitments or could lead to retaliatory measures that hurt U.S. companies and workers. USCIB seeks to offer thought leadership on the importance of opening global markets for U.S. trade and investment and is also:

  • Pursuing commercial diplomacy in cooperation with the Administration and Congress in a manner that maximizes U.S. competitiveness and brings to bear the full strength of U.S. engagement, innovation, technology and digital services, capital and best practices in order to win market share and customers.
  • On the ground in public forums around Europe and beyond to make the case that strong investment rules, including investor-state dispute settlement, are necessary to foster and protect cross-border investment, which is vital for economic growth, development and job creation.
  • Instrumental in developing B20 Trade Taskforce recommendations for G20 action on implementation of the TFA and elimination of localization barriers to trade.

Who We Are

The USCIB Trade & Investment Committee is composed of USCIB member companies representing a range of business and industry sectors. Advocacy priorities are determined that reflect consensus among the members.


The Committee promotes policies that spur market-led cross-border trade and investment, contributing to job creation in the United States and around the world using a wide range of advocacy platforms:

  • Direct engagement with U.S. government and other governments around the world.
  • Working through our global business network of the ICC, BIAC, and the IOE.
  • Participating in broad business coalitions at home and abroad.

Positions and Statements

Congress Sends Revised “CFIUS” Foreign Investment Rules to President for Signature (8/7/2018) - USCIB was very pleased to see both houses of Congress adopt (the House on July 25 and Senate a week later on August 1) as part of the compromise Conference Report on the overall 2019 “John McCain” National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”), some fundamental long-gestating revisions to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (“CFIUS”) process for U.S. Government review of foreign direct investment (FDI) into the U.S.
Joint Statement by USCIB and ICC-UK on Enhancing Cross-Border Trade and Investment (7/16/2018) - Joint Statement by USCIB and ICC-UK on Enhancing Cross-Border Trade and Investment

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News Stories

Donnelly Talks Trade and Diplomacy (and Soybeans) in Podcast Interview (8/16/2018) - USCIB's Shaun Donnelly takes listeners of the "American Diplomat" podcast on a deep dive into American commercial diplomacy.
USCIB Represents Business at State Department Anti-Corruption Training (8/13/2018) - USCIB's Shaun Donnelly was the business community panelist at a State Department anti-corruption training session.

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Press Releases

USCIB Sets Up New Anti-Illicit Trade Committee (7/19/2018) - USCIB Sets Up New Anti-Illicit Trade Committee
Joint Statement by USCIB and ICC-UK on Enhancing Cross-Border Trade and Investment (7/16/2018) - Joint Statement by USCIB and ICC-UK on Enhancing Cross-Border Trade and Investment

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Op-Eds and Speeches

Hampl Testifies Regarding Proposed China Tariffs (5/18/2018) - Following the Trump administration’s proposed Section 301 tariffs on Chinese goods, USCIB Senior Director for Investment, Trade and Financial Services Eva Hampl gave a testimony on the hill on May 16 regarding the proposal. Hampl’s testimony reflected USCIB member concerns about potential consequences the proposed tariffs will have on sectors vital to the U.S. economy.
The Hill: Trump Aiming to Make NAFTA Like a Football Game Without Referees (4/26/2018) - The Hill: Trump Aiming to Make NAFTA Like a Football Game Without Referees

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Staff Contact:   Rob Mulligan

Senior VP, Policy and Government Affairs
Tel: 202.682.7375

Rob Mulligan oversees our wide ranging activities on international trade, investment, economic and regulatory matters, and supervises a staff of policy professionals whose expertise covers a host of issues affecting American companies engaged in global business. He also coordinates USCIB policy and advocacy work with the U.S. and foreign governments, our international affiliates.
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