The Batam Customs Office foiled a smuggling attempt when the carrier of 2,000 tons of sugar worth almost US$1 million (S$1.26 million) from Thailand was unable to produce the required documentation.
The Batam Logistics Agency (Bulog) has urged the police to investigate the case, as the alleged smuggler used the agency's name in the attempt to illegally import the sugar.
The cargo was carried to port by the MV Pung Ang freighter, and docked in Kabil Harbor on May 24. When it became clear that the owner of the cargo was nowhere to be found, the customs office seized the vessel and moved it to a sealed storehouse at one of Pertamina's Trans Kontinental storages in the same location.
The cargo had initially been imported by PT Putra Tempatan, a freight company owned by Bulog.
Emy Ludianto, head of the Batam Customs Office counseling section, told The Jakarta Post on Monday that the freight company had failed to produce documents certifying proof of ownership. In the consignment document, the receiver was listed as PT Putra Tempatan, a company that had only recently come to the attention of the shipping agency.