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

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

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

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

Amazon says the Global Store will allow Australians to shop on amazon.com.au for more than four million items that were previously only accessible from amazon.com.

The Australian site has more than 60 million products across 23 categories, including toys, books and clothing. The GST will impose a 10% fee for all online goods imported into Australia, worth less than A$1,000 ($756).

"We have taken this step to provide our customers with continued access to worldwide selection and allow us to remain compliant with the law which requires us to collect and remit GST on products sold on Amazon sites that are shipped from overseas", said Amazon.

Amazon said Australian customers will still be able to buy products sold by Amazon US on the Amazon Global Store. Most Australians have decried the Amazon.com.au store as being inferior to the U.S. store, with a considerably thinner product catalog and higher prices.

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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.

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

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.

Australian users weren't happy with their government's decision, and are calling the GST as the "Amazon tax".

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.

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