After six years, an agreement has been reached between south Pacific ambassadors and representatives and European delegates to lift the ban on kava. This long overdue move reopens the south Pacific kava market to European buyers. While always legal in the US, the kava market sharply declined in 2002, as Germany imposed a ban on kava products. Many other European nations followed suit.
With kava banned in Europe, there has been a hit to the economy in the south pacific. As Europe lifts its ban on kava, important markets will have the opportunity to grow and provide these south Pacific nations a highly sought after raw material.