‘Black Panther”s fictional country Wakanda accidentally listed as trade partner of United States

A training exercise gone brilliantly wrong

The fictional country Wakanda, which is featured in Marvel‘s Black Panther, has been removed from the United States’ free trade partners after a blunder.

The country, meant to be located in East Africa, was uploaded onto the drop-down menu for the US agriculture department’s foreign agricultural service’s tariff tracker for tests and accidentally remained there for days.

Speaking about the situation, USDA spokesman Mike Illenberg told NBC: “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. The Wakanda information should have been removed after testing and has now been taken down.”


The mishap was spotted by Francis Tseng, who works for the Jain Family Institute, and he posted screengrabs from the website on Twitter.

Amongst the goods supposedly available in Wakanda, according to the website, include “live asses”, “mules and hinnies” and other farm animals.

Back in August, the Marvel Studios panel at D23 in Anaheim, California confirmed that Black Panther 2 will be released on May 6, 2022.

The film will be directed by Ryan Coogler, who says they are “taking their time with it” and not rushing to get the second film out there.


Reviewing the first Black Panther film, NME‘s Olly Richards said the film was “the best Marvel movie yet,” adding: “It’s a joyful, chest-voice statement that there are other voices to be heard in blockbuster cinema and new worlds to be seen. This is a vitally important film and an absolute, watch-it-again-immediately blast.”