Amazon blocks Australian users from international sites due to new tax laws

As a result of Australia’s new tax laws – which require online retailers to collect a 10% goods and services tax on all overseas purchases from 1 July – Amazon has announced that it will no longer provide Australian shoppers with access to its international websites. Instead, Australians will only be able to use Amazon’s smaller Australian site. Amazon states that while regretting the inconvenience caused by the measure, ‘we have had to assess the workability of the legislation as a global business with multiple international sites’.