Amazon US Website Blocked In Australia

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The new tax laws will require online retailers like Amazon to apply the 10% GST to goods bought on global sites and shipped to Australia.

Currently GST is only charged on items bought from overseas sites and shipped to Australia if they're worth more than $1000.

The company said today that shoppers in Australia will be redirected to its local site, Amazon.com.au, and that its worldwide sites, including Amazon.com, will no longer ship to Australian addresses.

Jeff Bezos' Bazaar told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that from July 1, 2018, it will redirect Australian visitors to Amazon Australia - which is pretty lame compared to the full Amazon.com - but does charge GST (which us Australia's equivalent of sales tax or VAT). Goods sold on Amazon.com, the USA site, will cease shipping to Australia on July 1.

"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".

New Zealand had also already applied GST to digital services from offshore, such as Netflix in 2016.

Dr. Minifie, the economist, said that Amazon would probably continue to build a healthy customer base in Australia despite the change.

Amazon will soon be sub-prime, if you live in Australia.

Treasurer Scott Morrison said the new laws "level the playing field for Australian businesses".

"If multinationals aren't forced to pay their fair share of tax, they will have a competitive advantage over retailers here in Australia, on our own main streets and in our shopping centers".

"A number of other countries are taking a similar approach and adopting a vendor collection model to collect GST from low-value imported goods".

"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", said an Amazon spokesperson.

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

National Retail Association CEO Dominique Lamb said Amazon's move was a surprise.

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