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US mistakenly lists Black Panther's Wakanda on trade website

Oscar Williams-Grut
Senior City Correspondent, Yahoo Finance UK
A woman reads a copy of the Black Panther, a fictional superhero from Wakanda appearing in comic book published by Marvel Comics in New York May 17, 2016. Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images

As one of the biggest economies in the world, the US has free trade agreements with huge numbers of countries across the globe — including fictitious ones apparently.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) accidentally listed the fictional Kingdom of Wakanda as a trading partner on its website.

Francis Tseng, a software developer from Brooklyn, New York, posted a picture on Twitter Wednesday showing the error. Tseng was able to select Wakanda as a trade partner in a drop down menu and see what tariffs would be applied.

Wakanda is the fictional African country from the Marvel comic book and film Black Panther. The country is one of the richest in the Marvel Universe, thanks to its rich supply of the fictional natural resource vibranium. Perhaps this is what the US were hoping to get their hands on.

A spokesperson for the USDA told Yahoo Finance UK: “The Foreign Agricultural Service staff who maintain the Tariff Tracker have been using test files to ensure that the system is running properly.

“The Wakanda information should have been removed after testing and has now been taken down.”

Tseng, the Twitter user who first spotted the error, said on the platform after Wakanda was removed: “Guess we're in a trade war with them too.”

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