Customs and forest officials seized about 240 million baht worth of timber, including Siamese Rosewood or Payoong processed wood, and pirated goods in seven containers at Laem Chabang deep-sea port, Chon Buri province, on Monday.
Mr Natthawuth Sratan, director of the investigation and suppression of the Customs Department, told the media at Laem Chabang deep-seaport that officials decided to check the content in the six containers after it was discovered that the people who wanted to export the goods inside the containers were connected with members of a gang arrested in February at Klong Toey port for attempting to export protected processed wood out of the country.
Search of the six containers uncovered timber such as Payoong, Pradoo and Chingchan instead of canned fruits and other merchandised as declared in the documents.
Customs officials that the seized timber was estimated to worth about 19 million baht in local market, but it could fetch as much as 100 million baht when they arrive at their overseas destination.
In the seventh container, the officials found about 130,000 items of pirated goods which included fake automobile spare parts, cosmetics, electric cigarettes and accessories, wristwatches and porn materials totally worth about 140 million baht. The container was to be sent overland to Laos.
All the seven containers were impounded at the port.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)