Organisations of compulsory stocks

The industries involved in compulsory stockpiling can join forces to form private-sector self-help organisations, known as compulsory stock organisations. These can create guarantee funds which they manage themselves as private companies. Where guarantee funds exist, the Confederation obliges all owners of compulsory stocks in the industry concerned to join their compulsory stock organisation and to pay contributions to the guarantee fund.

At present, there are guarantee funds for all compulsory stocks. These are managed by the compulsory stock organisations réservesuisse (grain, food and feed), Agricura (fertilisers), CARBURA (petroleum products), Provisiogas (natural gas) and Helvecura (therapeutic products).

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Compulsory stock organisations

Guarantee funds

Guarantee funds

The guarantee funds are set up to cover the storage and capital costs as well as the price loss on compulsory stocks. The compulsory stock organisations also fulfil the tasks assigned to them by the Confederation in connection with compulsory storage (for example, managing stocks). The funds are managed by the organisations and are not owned by their individual members or by the Confederation.

The FONES examines whether funds are raised and used appropriately, ensuring that no profit or loss is made by the owners of compulsory stocks.

The guarantee funds are fed by two kinds of levies on stockpiled goods. Under one system, a charge is levied on both imported and domestically produced goods when they are placed on the market, while under the other, levies are imposed on imports at the border. CARBURA and réservesuisse raise levies for the guarantee funds on imports, while Provisiogas, Agricura and Helvecura raise levies when goods subject to stockpiling are first released on the market.

Last modification 29.05.2018

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