National Economic Supply Act (NESA) Article 7 paras 1 and 2
“The Federal Council may require stocks of certain essential goods to be held.”
“The FONES concludes agreements with the companies concerned on the holding of such stocks.”
The Federal Council prescribes which compulsory stocks of essential goods are necessary. The individual products and the quantities to be stockpiled are laid down in legislation subsidiary to the National Economic Supply Act.
The FONES concludes compulsory stock agreements with the companies concerned. In these contracts, the companies undertake to store a certain quantity of a certain good of a particular quality at a given place. The goods are regularly exchanged and sold via the companies’ normal sales channels. The FONES or a FONES-appointed control centre periodically checks the compulsory stocks.