You do not need authorisation to import spirits. However, a few rules have to be followed.
You need a licence to produce distilled spirits. Contact a commercial distiller for smaller quantities.
You need a cantonal permit to sell and serve spirits. A permit from the SAB is necessary for the wholesale trade.
No alcohol to those under 16, no spirits to those under 18. The SAB provides practical tools to facilitate compliance with the age limits.
You have to observe the advertising restrictions if you wish to advertise spirits. The SAB offers advice free of charge.
If you wish to acquire untaxed ethanol for commercial purposes, you need authorisation from the SAB.
Stefan Schmidt is the interim Head of the SAB from 1 January 2016 until it is integrated into the Federal Customs Administration.
Following in the National Council's footsteps, the Council of States also unanimously approved the partial revision of the Alcohol Act on 20 September 2016. Entry into force will be gradual.
Facts and figures, tips and background information: the SAB provides information on all matters concerning alcohol.
Most recent edition: C2H5OH - Alkohol und Poltik (in German and French).
The SAB is responsible for the implementation of the Alcohol Act, which governs issues concerning spirits and ethanol (high-grade alcohol). Fermented alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine, cider and perry are not affected by the Alcohol Act.