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Feds Remove Wakanda From List of US Free Trade Partners

'Guess we're in a trade war with them too'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2019 3:35 AM CST
This image released by Disney -Marvel Studios shows Letitia Wright in a scene from "Black Panther."   (Matt Kennedy/Disney/Marvel Studios via AP)
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(Newser) – Bad news for importers of vibranium: Wakanda, the fictional African country from Black Panther, is no longer listed as a free trade agreement partner of the US. The US Department of Agriculture removed Wakanda from its Agricultural Tariff Tracker Wednesday after a researcher discovered that there were hundreds of entries for its commodities, NBC reports. A USDA spokesman tells the Washington Post agency staff had been "using test files to ensure that the system is running properly" and the Wakanda files were mistakenly left up. After the Wakanda entries were removed, Francis Tseng, the Jain Family Institute researcher who spotted them, tweeted: "Guess we're in a trade war with them too." (Read more Black Panther stories.)

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