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

01 June 2018

"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 spokesman said in a statement today.

From July 1, the GST will apply to overseas sales of low value goods bought by Australians equal to or less than the value of A$1000.

The online retail behemoth announced this week it will block Australians buying goods from overseas.

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.

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Amazon's Australia site boasts of selling over 60 million products, while Amazon's main site (the USA version) boasts of selling over 500 million.

Amazon announced today that they will no longer allow Australians to buy digital content through their USA portal and are forcing everyone to use the dedicated Australian page. The GST will impose a 10% fee for all online goods imported into Australia, worth less than A$1,000 ($756).

United States internet giant Amazon will block Australian shoppers from its global websites to counter new tax laws on online purchases, it announced Thursday (May 31).

The move comes after the Australian government has expanded a local tax named the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to online goods shipped into the country.

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'Australian consumers have become quite accustomed to purchasing from large overseas retailers, Amazon begin the biggest example but also department stores like Nordstrom's, Macy's, and global retailers like ASOS, ' he said.

Amazon is still fairly new in Australia, where it only launched in December 2017.

The GST collection requirement came after years of intense lobbying from local retailers in Australia such as Harvey Norman, Myer, JB Hi-Fi and David Jones, who have seen their traditional bricks and mortar sales suffer from online competitors.

A spokesperson for Treasurer Scott Morrison said the new GST regulations "level the playing field" for Australian businesses.

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