System of strategic stockpiling


Switzerland is a country with few natural resources and a high dependence on imports, so stockpiling has been important for centuries. In order to achieve a degree of independence, the National Economic Supply has developed a system of strategic stockpiling.

Compulsory stockpiling is based, like all aspects of NES, on cooperation between the state and the private sector. The Confederation determines which essential goods need to be kept in stock and in what amounts. But it is private companies that own the stocks, rather than the Confederation. There are currently five compulsory stock organisations.

If there are shortages and the private sector can no longer meet the demand for essential goods, the government can order the stocks to be released. Compulsory stocks are a key element in NES.

Last modification 07.03.2024

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