More than four million cigarettes have been seized by UK Border Agency officials at the Port of Felixstowe.
The cigarettes, hidden in porcelain plates, bowls and spoons, arrived in a single container from China.
The Border Agency said the cigarettes would have cost the UK approximately £1m in unpaid VAT and excise duty.
Brian Hill, from the UK Border Agency, said: "Cheap copies are completely unregulated and have been known to contain... unpleasant ingredients."
The cigarettes will now be shredded and the pulp used to generate electricity for the national grid.