Amazon to block Aussie shoppers from United States website

It's Official: Amazon US Website Blocked In Australia

How Amazon plans to block Australians from using popular feature

July 1 marks the date that new GST rules come into play, with 10 per cent GST applying to all online purchases shipped into Australia from overseas.

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.

Amazon said Australian customers will still be able to buy products sold by Amazon US on the Amazon Global Store.

Shoppers visiting the USA store Amazon.com will be redirected to the Australian version, Amazon.com.au, from July 1 when Australia starts applying new tax rules, Amazon said in a statement on Friday.

The company said on Thursday it would block Australian shoppers from its overseas websites, including in the USA and United Kingdom, from July when the new GST tax regime comes into effect.

Amazon has decided that rather than try to collect Australia's Goods and Services Tax (GST), it's going to force locals to shop only at its Australian store.

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Media reports said the other major online retailer, eBay, would not follow Amazon and apply the new tax in the interests of consumers purchasing goods from its website.

Amazon closing its worldwide stores to Australians to avoid paying GST is disappointing but Treasurer Scott Morrison is promising there will be no exemptions.

Amazon is launching a global store accessible to Australian customers, where products from its retail site will be available.

Australian shoppers using Amazon's worldwide site will be unable to place orders, with the retail giant stopping shipping due to new GST rules. As a placation, Australian customers will also have access to 4 million products that were previously available only on Amazon.com through its new Global Store.

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

Amazon launched its Australian site last December and says it now has 60 million products, a fraction of the estimated 500 million products that are listed on Amazon's USA site. "That tax revenue is used to fund essential services", the spokesperson said.

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