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Fictional nation Wakanda added on US govt trade partner list, removed later: Report

Fictional nation Wakanda added on US govt trade partner list, removed later: Report

Fictional nation Wakanda added on US govt trade partner list, removed later: Report
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By CNBC-TV18 Dec 21, 2019 7:30:10 PM IST (Published)

Wakanda, the fictional East African home country of superhero Black Panther, was listed as as a free-trade partner by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)- despite it being a fictional country.

Wakanda, the fictional East African home country of superhero Black Panther, was listed as as a free-trade partner by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)- despite it being a fictional country, BBC reported. However, a USDA spokesperson clarified that Kingdom of Wakanda was added to the list by accident during a staff test.

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According to the report, a detailed list of goods the two nations apparently traded, including ducks, donkeys and dairy cows hosted by the department's online tariff tracker.
The fictional country was removed soon from the list after US media first queried it, the report said. The unusual listing was spotted by New York-based software engineer Francis Tseng, who was looking up agricultural tariffs to apply for a fellowship.
USDA spokesman told the Washington Post that Wakanda's listing was added as a test file for staff and was not supposed to make it public.
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