Amazon blocks Australia from global sites over tax

It's Official: Amazon US Website Blocked In Australia

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

From 1 July, when Australia's new GST regulations kick in, Australian consumers shopping on Amazon worldwide sites will be redirected to the local Australian site. United States giant Amazon, which operates the world's largest online retail site, says it will no longer ship to Australian addresses starting from the aforementioned July 1, 2018 cut-off date.

Just how the world's overseas online retail giants would react to Australia's new (and controversial) GST rules had since been confined to the realm of speculation. until now.

"It's been argued that this is like an import tariff, but for years in Australia we've had something of a reverse: Local retailers paying a tax that foreign retailers haven't", he added.

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.

"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, adding that the firm was taking the measure to comply with the legislation and not to avoid paying tax.

"This selection is in addition to the more than 60 million products that are already available on across 23 categories, including books, fashion, toys, and electronics".

A spokesman for Amazon said customers would be able to use a new derivative of its brand, Amazon Global. As a placation, Australian customers will also have access to 4 million products that were previously available only on through its new Global Store.

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.

Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison announced the change in April 2017, eight months before Amazon opened its Australian unit.

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