Amazon opens US store for Aussie shoppers again: reports

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SYDNEY
Global online retail giant Amazon will allow users in Australia to shop in its US store again, reports said Thursday, reversing an earlier, unpopular move to block access over local tax laws. The decision to re-open access
to Australia’s growing e-commerce market comes ahead of the annual “Black Friday” shopping bonanza,
with online and brick-and-mortar retailers of ering bargains pegged to the US Thanksgiving holiday.
Amazon had barred Australian shoppers from ordering from its international websites in May because of new tax laws, under which web retailers are required to collect a 10 percent goods and services tax (GST)
on everything bought from overseas sites. The decision was widely criticised
by shoppers in Australia — one of the world’s biggest economies — because the number of products available on
the local site were a fraction of what was on of er globally.  As a result of customer feedback, from 22 November Amazon customers will be able to ship eligible items from amazon.com to Australian delivery
addresses,” an Amazon representative told national broadcaster ABC. “Our teams have continued to focus
their ef orts on building the complex infrastructure needed to enable exports of low value goods to Australia and remain compliant with GST laws.” The new tax rules in Australia were  mposed from July 1 after years oflobbying by struggling local retailers, which have to apply GST to all online  and in-store sales. The government had said then that the move would “level the playing fi eld for Australian businesses”. Amazon, one of the world’s biggest companies, launched in Australia just under a year ago with what it said was its biggest-ever opening day for orders. Online shopping is a sector primed for growth in Australia, and is estimated to be worth more than  us$300 billion (US$227 billion) annually

AFP

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