The Sub-Saharan African fictional country of Marvel Comics, Wakanda, has been removed as a trade partner to the United States, after it was discovered that the initial enlisting was due to a glitch.
A US spokesman, Mike Illenberg disclosed that the fictional east African country which produced the hit superhero movie Black Panther, was included in the list out of error, only to be discovered on Wednesday, December 18, by Francis Tseng of the Jain Family Institute.
“I was trying to figure out whether this is someone at the USDA making a joke or if it’s a developer who accidentally left it in, but I’m not sure.”
“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,” he said
Wakanda is listed as a US free trade partner on the USDA website?? pic.twitter.com/xcq1OFTIPh
— Francis Tseng (@frnsys) December 18, 2019
The fictional country has since then been taken down from the USDA website.
The website, however, says the “information displayed is not official and should only be used as a general reference. Each importing countries customs office maintains the right for final determination of tariff treatment.”
Some of the commodities listed under Wakanda were live horses, cows, asses, mules, hinnies and yellow potatoes and chestnuts.