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Amazon: Why Australians Are Restricted To Buy From Overseas Website?

Amazon is the biggest e-commerce retail platform of all time, to date. It was primarily dealing in books, then gradually and eventually it has almost any and every product listed, which is available in the world.

This e-commerce website has a lot of influence on many other websites as well as business domains and how the people who are selling products online change their way of promoting and selling the products online just because of advent in the e-commerce industry, which is highly influenced by the existence of Amazon.

But, it has something new in the box, especially for the Aussies. The people living in Australia cannot shop from the international website of Amazon, the way they were doing earlier. The individuals are bound to use the local platform of the Amazon i.e., which was released last year.

As stated by Amazon on Thursday that the international version of Amazon’s website ( and the other overseas website will not ship the products to any address of Australia, starting from July 1, 2018. People landing on these websites will redirect to the local version of Amazon’s site for shopping.

This is done to make Amazon in compliance with the new GST rules imposed by the government bodies. July 1 is the scheduled date when the new GST will come into effect which makes online retailers to impose a 10% GST on each and every online purchase which is being shipped to Australia from all over the world.

Currently, the user whose purchase touches or crosses the threshold limit of $1000 comes under the GST. This new tax policy was imposed due to heavy lobbying by the local retailers, which needs to imply GST on all types of sales, irrespective of the purchase source.

Amazon Spokeswoman said, “We deeply regret the inconvenience caused by the change to the customers.” She further added, “We need to follow the rules imposed by the government bodies for effective business and operations in the nation.”

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