Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Officials of the Dock Intelligence Unit of the Seaport Customs have seized 1.87 lakh fake mobile phone batteries and 1.26 lakh pieces of duplicate cosmetics and toiletries of different brands.

The seized items are valued at Rs.3 crore. C. Rajan, Commissioner of Customs, Seaport (Imports), said. Based on an intelligence tip-off, an imported consignment from China was intercepted at the container freight station near Manali.

The importer had not filed the bill of entry even 75 days after the consignment arrived and did not respond to Customs authorities. When the 40-foot container was examined it was found to contain a large number of cartons packed with cosmetic items and toiletries along with fake mobile phone batteries.