US government lists fictional nation Wakanda as trade partner

The US Department of Agriculture listed fictional nation Wakanda as a free-trade partner, despite the fact that the country doesn’t exist.

 

Wakanda is a fictional East African country from Black Panther, which was adapted into a film last year. But the USDA listed it as one of  their free-trade partners.

 

US government lists fictional nation Wakanda as trade partner

 

The department’s online tariff tracker hosted a detailed list of goods US and Wakanda apparently traded, including ducks, donkeys and dairy cows.

 

US government lists fictional nation Wakanda as trade partner

 

The unusual listing was spotted by Francis Tseng, a New York-based software engineer who was looking up agricultural tariffs for a fellowship he was applying for.

 

US government lists fictional nation Wakanda as trade partner

 

He told Reuters news agency that when he first saw Wakanda on the list, he got “very confused”.

 

US government lists fictional nation Wakanda as trade partner

 

He added:  “[I] thought I misremembered the country from the movie and got it confused with something else.”

 

US government lists fictional nation Wakanda as trade partner

 

A USDA spokesperson said the Kingdom of Wakanda was added to the list by accident during a staff test.

 

The fictional country was removed soon from the list after US media first queried it, prompting jokes that the countries had started a trade war.

 

After the listing was removed, a USDA spokesman told the Washington Post that Wakanda’s listing was added as a test file for staff, and was never supposed to be public.

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