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"We have taken this step to provide our customers with continued access to global 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 has made this move primarily due to new GST rules that will force them to apply a 10% GST to goods purchased on global sites and shipped to Australia.

That's the date new GST laws come into effect Down Under, which stipulates that Australia's national 10 percent tax be applied to all online purchases.

The company has today announced that amazon.com, the USA version of the website, will no longer send goods to Australia from July 1, with shoppers instead redirected to the smaller amazon.com.au site.

The changes referred to relate to a decision to scrap the previous $1000 threshold for imposing GST on online purchases from overseas.

Australians will be able to access their new global store which has four million products.

"Amazon's huge scale leaves them in a far better position" than other overseas-based retailers, he said.

Thankfully, worldwide third-party sellers' storefronts will still be accessible from the Australian Amazon site, although shipping costs on those items will be at the discretion of individual sellers, rather than Amazon itself.

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

But even with the changes, the number of products available will be a fraction of what's on sale globally.

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.

"The government doesn't apologise for ensuring multinationals pay a fair amount of tax here in Australia", he said.

The Australian version launched late a year ago, with some 60 million products available.

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.

"A level playing field will help Australian businesses grow and create more jobs and opportunities".

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