Monopoly tax (spirits tax)

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The so-called monopoly tax has to be paid if you are importing alcohol, products containing alcohol or products made using alcohol with more than 1.2% alcohol by volume. We collect this fee on behalf of the Swiss Alcohol Board (SAB).

Various importers have obtained an exceptional permit from the SAB and can thus import spirits for their tax-free warehouse without paying the monopoly tax.

Permit office

The authorising authority for enforcing legislation, issuing corresponding regulations and providing information is the:

Swiss Alcohol Board (SAB)
Länggassstrasse 35
P.O. Box
3000 Bern 9
Tel. 031 / 309 12 11
Fax 031 / 309 15 00