A driver taking bird seed from Belgium to Suffolk faces a fine after eight would-be illegal immigrants were found in his lorry.
UK Border Agency officers spotted the men, originally from Vietnam, Iran and Sudan, using heartbeat detectors.
They were all handed over to the French authorities in Coquelles. The haulier and driver of the truck could now be fined, the UKBA said.
The men were lying face down on top of the load to try to avoid detection.
Carole Upshall, the agency's director for European operations, said: "Finds such as these highlight the desperate measures some people will take to try and get to Britain."
Last year, UKBA officials stopped more than 29,000 attempts to cross the Channel illegally and searched more than one million freight vehicles, she said.
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