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

Over 100 Business Representatives Lobby Senate on NAFTA (4/17/2018) - Following previous successful NAFTA Senate Lobby Days, USCIB once again participated last week, joining more than 100 representatives from the agriculture and business community to talk about private sector concerns and perspectives regarding the ongoing negotiations to modernize NAFTA.
Hampl Advocates on SOE Issues at OECD Meetings (4/2/2018) - USCIB’s Director for Investment, Trade and Financial Services Eva Hampl was in Paris the week of March 26 participating in various meetings surrounding the work of the OECD Working Party on State Ownership and Privatization Practices. The consultation with the SOE working party took place on March 27.

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Press Releases

Time to De-Escalate U.S.-China Trade Conflict, Says USCIB (4/6/2018) - Responding to statements by President Trump and China’s commerce ministry over the past 24 hours, USCIB said both parties should seek to resolve their differences via established bilateral and multilateral mechanisms.
USCIB Urges US and China to Avoid Trade War (3/22/2018) - The United States Council for International Business (USCIB), which represents America’s most successful global companies, responded to the Trump administration’s plans to impose tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese exports along with restrictions on Chinese investment in the United States.

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Op-Eds and Speeches

Post-Brexit Trade: An Opportunity to Set New Standards (3/12/2018) - By Chris Southworth As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union, the country is at a crossroads. To deliver success means delivering trade deals fast, and the only way to do that is to be more innovative, explains Chris Southworth, the secretary general of ICC UK, USCIB’s partner in the global International Chamber […]
Fighting for American Business: USCIB in the News in 2017 (1/16/2018) - Throughout 2017 USCIB leaders and staff garnered important coverage from the news media on issues of importance to USCIB members.

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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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