- Compulsory stocks aim at the stockpiling of essential goods for bridging in case of crisis and shortages. They cover the needs for a certain time period (4 months for basic foodstuffs for example).
- Compulsory stockpiling for foods is available for basic foodstuffs such as sugar, rice, edible fats and oils and for coffee in addition. Compulsory stockpiling for cereals is available for bread cereals (durum and soft wheat) and fodder cereals (including protein carriers).
- Compulsory stockpiling is a task of the economy. The Confederation lays down the framework conditions. The stockpiling system is financed by contributions on imports and consumption of foods and cereals.