Trade & investment
ICC works to champion evidence-based policies to shape the multilateral trade and investment agenda as a driver of growth, jobs and development. We are the leading business voice in the World Trade Organization and other international forums – including the G20.
Global trade is an important driver of economic growth.
The changing nature of world trade, however, poses challenges to global trade governance. The rise of global value chains and increased foreign direct investment flows, among others, have made global trade governance more complex. Recent months have also seen a growing backlash against global trade integration and rising protectionism in many economies.
Amid growing hostility to free trade and open markets, ICC is seeking to make a positive case for trade as a driver of jobs, growth and opportunity.
The Internet is changing trade as we know it, enabling even small companies to compete globally.
Customs & trade facilitation
Burdensome customs requirements present real challenges to companies of all sizes to trade internationally. Trade facilitation speeds up trade by cutting red tape at borders.
ICC has a long history of working to promote balanced international investment frameworks – dating back to the publication of the ICC International Code of Fair Treatment for Foreign Investments in 1949.
World Trade Agenda
Transformative technologies and shifting political trends can make it difficult for the machinery of our multilateral trading system to keep up. The World Trade Agenda helps governments set key priority areas for inclusive trade.
Economic and political openness has brought about unparalleled growth and development over the last 60 years yet protectionism poses risks to progress made both on the national level and as we collectively face global issues.
Piracy on the high seas may conjure up images from Hollywood movies but maritime piracy is an all-too-real problem for modern day traders and sea-farers.