EU blacklist

EU tax blacklist could block Pacific trade - expert

Vanuatu, Fiji and the Marshall Islands were added to the 28-nation list on Wednesday, joining Samoa, American Samoa and Guam.

The group countries have not yet been hit with economic sanctions but will face restrictions on transactions and reputational damage.

Mark Stafford, a partner at Port Vila consultancy Barrett and Partners, said Pacific nations would be hit hard by a potential trade block from the EU.