Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

Amazon Blocks Australian Shoppers From US Site Because of New Tax

Amazon Blocks Australian Shoppers From US Site Because of New Tax

The change to Amazon's website traffic, is being communicated to Amazon's worldwide customers with the company stating that from the 1st of July Aussie visitors to Amazon's global.com site will be redirected to the Australian.com.au site instead. While Amazon did not specifically mention this, the ban will most likely apply to other Amazon online stores (such as those for Germany, UK, Japan, etc.), as goods bought from those stores are also susceptible to the same tax.

It was the move we all dreaded was coming: Australian shoppers will no longer be able to shop on Amazon's USA site as the company shifts focus to its local offering.

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

As a result, Amazon said Australian shoppers wanting to use its global platforms will instead be directed to its smaller Australian site, which offers much less for sale.

Amazon will block Australians from buying from its worldwide e-commerce websites and restrict them to a smaller local platform from July in response to new tax rules that consumer advocates fear will reduce the range of choice for customers in Australia.

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

Under new GST collection laws, online retailers will be forced to apply the 10 percent GST to goods purchased on global sites and shipped to Australia.

Amazon will soon be sub-prime, if you live in Australia.

But even with the changes, the number of products available will be a fraction of what's on sale globally.

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.

"The government doesn't apologise for ensuring multinationals pay a fair amount of tax here in Australia".

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

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