Amazon is set to usher in a redirect preventing Australian shoppers from browsing its .com site, according to a report published by Computer World.
The change will be effective July 1 and has been prompted by amendments to Goods and Service Tax (GST) by the Australian government, which extends the levy to low-value imported goods and would see Amazon treated as a supplier of goods even if they are sold via the platform by a third party.
“As a result of changes to Australian GST law on 1 July, international shopping options for Australian customers will change,” a spokesperson for the e-commerce behemoth told Computer World.
“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 international sites.”
From July Australian shoppers visiting international sites under the Amazon umbrella will now be redirected to amazon.com.au