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Upholding the highest standards OLAF helps seize more than two tonnes of counterfeit mechanical parts

During July and August, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) supported the Italian, Polish and Spanish customs authorities in seizing more than two tonnes of counterfeit bearings coming from Asia. The seizures, which took place in Italy, Poland and Spain, are particularly important as the bearings in question could not only cause mechanical failures but could also seriously endanger lives, especially if used in the medical or transport sectors. Coming in different sizes, bearings are used in an array of products, from engines to car axles or electric fans. The illegal trade in such mechanical parts causes significant financial damage to the European industry.