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

USCIB Supports an EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework (9/18/2017) - On the occasion of the first joint review of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework, USCIB reaffirmed support for the Framework and issued a statement underscoring its importance in ensuring continued robust and reliable transatlantic data flows, which have proved vital for healthy U.S.-EU commercial relations.
USCIB Joins 107 Associations on NAFTA Letter on Investment (8/14/2017) - USCIB joined 107 other associations in a letter sent on August 8 to United States Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer and four other cabinet-level officials in the administration highlighting the importance of a strong investment chapter in the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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News Stories

Hampl Leads Group for NAFTA Lobby Day to Voice Concerns (2/20/2018) - With the next NAFTA negotiating round now set for Mexico City later this month, USCIB Director for Investment, Trade and Financial Services Eva Hampl joined more than 100 representatives from the business and agriculture community last Wednesday for a second NAFTA House Lobby Day.
Politico Highlights Business at OECD Work on Colombia Accession (2/5/2018) - In light of Secretary Tillerson’s upcoming trip to South America, Politico published an article highlighting unresolved concerns surrounding Colombia’s accession to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), including on intellectual property and transparency.

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Press Releases

USCIB Spells Out Priorities for U.S. Trade Policy (1/24/2018) - USCIB calls for a global rules-based trade and investment system, enforcement of existing U.S. trade pacts, and new market-opening agreements for U.S. exports and investment.
Administration Goals for Modernizing NAFTA Include Many USCIB Priorities but Leave Out Key Issues (7/14/2017) - USCIB is encouraged by the Administration's NAFTA modernization objectives but expressed concern over key business priorities such as investor-state dispute settlement.

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Op-Eds and Speeches

USCIB in the News: Fighting for American Business (1/16/2018) - Throughout 2017 USCIB leaders and staff garnered important coverage from the news media on issues of importance to USCIB members.
USCIB Op-ed: It’s Time to Save NAFTA (10/27/2017) - USCIB President and CEO Peter M. Robinson has joined ICC Mexico Chair Maria Fernanda Garza and Canadian Chamber of Commerce CEO Perrin Beatty in publishing an op-ed, "A trade deal in distress: It's time to save NAFTA," today in The Hill.

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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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