The fictional African country Wakanda, home of the Marvel superhero, Black Panther, has been removed from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) tariff tracker after it was spotted online yesterday.
Wakanda was listed as one of the US’ free trade partners, alongside Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Korea and others.
The tariff tracker listed commodity codes for “Mules and hinnies”, “Live asses”, and other farm animals including goats, sheep, chickens and turkeys.
According to the USDA, the fictional country was added during testing of the system.
“Over the past few weeks, the foreign agricultural service staff who maintain the tariff tracker have been using test files to ensure that the system is running properly,” an USDA spokesperson told journalists.
“The Wakanda information should have been removed after testing and has now been taken down.”
Source: The Guardian