Jakarta. Indonesian customs officials have averted an attempt to export 80 containers of undeclared mining products, Finance Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said on Monday.
The state's losses would have been more than Rp 73 billion ($5.35 million) if the shipment had been allowed to leave the country, the minister added.
"There are 21 companies involved," Bambang said in a statement.
The companies entered false information on their customs declaration forms.
Bambang said the 80 containers contained iron ore, tin slag, mercury, zinc concentrate and gemstones among other products.
The minerals came from Maluku, Sulawesi and West, Central and East Java, and were meant to be exported to the Netherlands, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, India, Singapore and Thailand.
Recently the Finance Ministry's Customs and Excise office also seized four containers of textile and textile products worth Rp 3.3 billion, preventing their illegal entrance into the Indonesian market.