Amazon to block Aus shoppers from USA website

It's Official: Amazon US Website Blocked In Australia

How Amazon plans to block Australians from using popular feature

Amazon is set to block Australian consumers from buying products from its overseas e-commerce sites in response to the nation's good and services tax changes.

He said the company 'had to assess the workability of the legislation as a global business with multiple worldwide sites'.

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.

A web page featuring Amazon's Australian URL is pictured in this photo illustration April 20, 2017. Amazon has made this move primarily due to new GST rules that will force them to apply a 10% GST to goods purchased on worldwide sites and shipped to Australia. In addition to allowing Amazon's United States arm to bypass complicated GST obligations, it also forces more customers to use the Australian service, therefore boosting its sales performance.

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The spokesman said customers will continue to have access to Amazon US and other overseas sites on the new global store.

Amazon's new restrictions may boost visits to Australian website, which been criticised for a relatively small product range and higher prices since it began taking orders in December.

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.

"Amazon Global Store will allow Australian customers to shop on amazon.com.au for over 4 million items that were previously only accessible on amazon.com".

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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.

For now, the GST change looks like a win for local businesses, which will have an easier time retaining shoppers while Amazon builds out its Australian inventory.

The move, which attempts to level the playing field between local and global retailers, has posed issues to Amazon's worldwide selling scheme.

At 1422 AEST, shares in local e-commerce site Kogan.com were up 11 cents, or 1.2 per cent, at $9.18, while shares of electronics retailers JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman were up about 2.3 per cent and 1.0 per cent, respectively.

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