Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Australians will no longer be able to order from Amazon’s American site

Amazon Australia It's Official: Amazon US Website Blocked In Australia
Elsie Buchanan | 31 May, 2018, 19:41

"We have taken this step to provide our customers with continued access to worldwide selection and allow us to remain compliant with the law which requires us to collect and remit GST on products sold on Amazon sites that are shipped from overseas", said Amazon.

"This will allow us to provide our customers with continued access to (our) global selection and remain compliant with the law", it said.

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. Previously, the tax was only applied to purchases over AU$1,000.

The GST amendment lowers the current minimum spend for GST inclusion from $1000 to $1 in response to backlash from local retailers.

Called the "Amazon tax", the new policy was introduced following concerns about the impact of Amazon and other large overseas e-commerce businesses on Australian retailers, who have to apply GST to all products they sell.

In a statement about the change, Amazon said it regretted "any inconvenience this may cause customers".

Israel MK calls for occupation of Gaza
Meanwhile, Israel denies reports of ceasefire agreement with Palestinian factions Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had vowed on Tuesday to "respond to these attacks powerfully".


Thankfully, global 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.

From July 1, shoppers visiting Amazon.com (and other overseas Amazon sites) will be redirected to Amazon.com.au, which launched late a year ago.

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.

The online giant offers up to 500 million products on it's primary site now, in contrast to the measly 60 million that the Australian site offers.

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

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