Nowhere are there more breweries per capita than in Switzerland. In 2020, there were over 1,200, ranging from microbreweries making 400 litres annually to large producers.
Beer and mixed beer beverages produced in Switzerland are subject to the so-called beer tax. Swiss breweries must pay a levy to the Confederation based on the amount of beer they produce. The brewery's own data, which is collected on a quarterly basis by the Federal Office for Customs and Border Security (FOCBS), is used to calculate the tax.
For a long time, this process was carried out by post: a form had to be completed in hard copy and sent to the FOCBS. However, as part of its DaziT programme, the FOCBS wants to gradually digitalise its services. The Swiss beer tax is due to be digitalised as well – and this is where the Biera application comes in.