Sri Lanka Customs has detected a shipping container filled with cigarettes amounting to Rs. 355 million.

The 40-foot container had been listed as containing chest freezers. Customs officials said that the consignment of 10.77 million cigarettes had been imported from Dubai.

The container had been imported allegedly in the name of an Indian national residing at an address in Nugegoda. However, Customs officials said this address was found to be a false one and there was no such person living there.

The revenue loss to the State as a result of non-payment of Customs duty on the consignment of cigarettes is Rs.300 million, it was further disclosed.