A deal for frozen chicken is one of the oddest ever.

Modern barter includes Pepsi for tomato paste and sticky rice for aeroplanes, as well as mackerel for puffins and mackerel for sharks.

The truth is that barter has remained remarkably popular for a variety of reasons.

From avoiding trade and currency embargoes to enabling nations and organisations that lack hard money to obtain products and services. 

 As part of a DC-9 contract with Yugoslavia's main airline, JAT, in the late 1960s, US aircraft maker McDonnell Douglas got a large quantity of tinned ham.

However, the firm was unable to sell the meat items and had to give the cans away to its employees.

 When Ghana became a sovereign state in 1960, the Soviet Union offered a sweet deal in exchange for cash.

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