Official U.S. Government Website Lists Fictional Country of Wakanda as Free Trade Partner

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If you saw the 2018 Marvel movie Black Panther, you know that the fictional land of Wakanda is filled with some incredible technologies. But did you know that Wakanda is a trade partner with the United States? At least that’s what was listed on an official U.S. government website until it was recently taken down.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture listed Wakanda as a trading partner on its Agricultural Tariff Tracker, which allows people to look up the various tariffs on everything from milk to dog food. The website’s menu allowed you to choose between countries like Guatemala, Peru, and Colombia, all of which are real countries. And surprisingly, Wakanda was on the list.

The bizarre listing for Wakanda was first noticed by Francis Tseng on Twitter yesterday, who joked that perhaps we’d start a trade war with the fake country.

But it all turned out to be a big mistake that was left over from testing the wesbite, according to the USDA.

“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,” USDA spokesperson Mike Illenberg told Gizmodo via email.

It could not be confirmed by press time whether President Donald Trump would impose tariffs against vibranium if the Kingdom of Wakanda didn’t open an investigation into Joe Biden.


Matt Novak is the editor of Gizmodo's Paleofuture blog


You just know that if a reporter shouted a question about trade relations with Wakanda at Trump during one of his very stupid driveway rambling sessions that he’d say, “We’re looking at that very closely. They’ve treated us very unfairly in the past.” He definitely doesn’t know if it’s a real place or not so he’ll fall back to his standard vague bullshit response.