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Amazon blocks Australia from its U.S. site due to new GST rules

02 June, 2018, 10:48 | Author: Samuel Sharp
  • People in Australia will be redirected to only use Amazon's local website from July 1

US internet giant Amazon will block Australian shoppers from its worldwide websites to counter new tax laws on online purchases, it announced Thursday.

Currently GST is only charged on items bought from overseas sites and shipped to Australia if they're worth more than $1000.

Online retail giant Amazon will block Australian consumers from its global sites to counter new laws forcing it to collect GST on transactions.

Based on our assessment, we will redirect Australian customers from our worldwide sites to amazon.com.au where they can shop for products sold by Amazon US on the new Global Store, available today.

From 1 July Amazon will redirect Australian browsers away from its amazon.com site in response to GST changes introduced by the government.

'Amazon Global Store will allow Australian customers to shop on Amazon.com.au for over four million items that were previously only accessible on Amazon.com'.

Amazon said Australian customers will still be able to buy products sold by Amazon US on the Amazon Global Store.

eBay also stated its case against the Bill which applied GST to overseas sales.


Amazon is getting a bit of flack this afternoon over its intentions to re-direct Australian visitors to their global site to their Australian arm thanks to upcoming changes to GST on imported goods.

Amazon no longer allowing Australian shoppers to buy digital content through its main Amazon.com website will be a serious blow to people who purchased ebooks legitimately.

The government would not back down on the new tax rules, which would raise AU$300 million a year, Morrison said.

"A number of other countries are taking a similar approach and adopting a vendor collection model to collect GST from low-value imported goods".

Amazon launched its Australian site last December and says it now has 60 million products, a fraction of the estimated 500 million products that are listed on Amazon's US site.

"A level playing field will help Australian businesses grow and create more jobs and opportunities", the Treasurer's spokesperson is reported to have said.

Amazon said it regretted the change which it blamed on the new tax rules.

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