The US has revealed more detail on its goals and objectives in the ongoing negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.

Responding to calls for more transparency on the US stance during the talks, the Office of the US Trade Representative said it is generally seeking the elimination of tariffs and to obtain “commercially meaningful” market access for US products in TPP countries, as well as addressing long-standing non-tariff trade barriers, such as licensing requirements.

For textiles specifically, the US is seeking the elimination of tariffs on textile and apparel exports to the 11 TPP countries, as well as a yarn forward rule of origin which would require products to be made using only US or other TPP country yarns and fabrics in order to qualify for TPP benefits.

However, it was also trying to secure a short supply list of fabrics, yarns and fibres not commercially available in TPP countries, which would be exempt from this requirement.

Other goals include strict enforcement provisions and customer cooperation commitments, as well as a textile-specific safeguard mechanism – which would allow member countries to reimpose tariffs in the event of a surge in imports damaging domestic producers.