Amazon US Website Blocked In Australia

Mae Love
June 2, 2018

Australians who visit these sites will be forced back to Amazon Australia's website. this is due to changes to the Online GST which will require companies to pay 10 per cent of GST on all online purchases shipped to Australia from overseas companies.

Australian shoppers using Amazon's worldwide site will be unable to place orders, with the retail giant stopping shipping due to new GST rules.

Amazon.com Inc said on Thursday it will force Australians to use its Australian website instead of its much larger USA site from July 1 to avoid a new sales tax on certain imported goods.

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

The changes referred to relate to a decision to scrap the previous $1000 threshold for imposing GST on online purchases from overseas.

Both eBay and Amazon previously indicated that they may have to block Australian buyers due to the changes - and Amazon today confirmed that it would redirect Australian customers from its global sites to Amazon.com.au.

"While we regret any inconvenience this may cause customers, we have had to assess the workability of the legislation as a global business with multiple worldwide sites", an Amazon spokeswoman said.

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

Thankfully, worldwide third-party sellers' storefronts will still be accessible from the Australian Amazon site, although shipping costs on those items will be at the discretion of individual sellers, rather than Amazon itself.

"Amazon's huge scale leaves them in a far better position" than other overseas-based retailers, he said.

Treasurer Scott Morrison said the new laws "level the playing field for Australian businesses".

"This isn't an anti-trade move by the Australian government", he 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".

Ms. Wong, the visually impaired Amazon customer, said the company's main site offered products she just couldn't get from Australian retailers, including many created to help visually impaired people like her.

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