Amazon launches Prime express delivery service in Australia

The Amazon Prime launch in Australia doesn't quite offer as many perks as it does in the U.S., and as a result the price for joining is also less. The country has instituted a new law that requires retailers to collect goods and services tax on products shipped to Australia from overseas.

Amazon began offering its paid subscription service in Australia on Tuesday, wooing premium users with a way around the geoblock on its offshore websites that has drawn criticism in the world's 12th-biggest economy.

The launch follows Amazon's announcment that it plans to stop Australian users ordering from the USA site.

Costing $6.99 a month or $59 a year, Amazon Prime gives shopper's free two-day domestic delivery and free worldwide delivery on orders worth more than $49.

Prime expedited delivery reaches almost 90% of Australians in two business days, with more cities, towns and suburbs being added over time. You'll also get access to free standard global delivery on eligible orders over $49. Until the end of January, users can get Prime for AU$5 per month and after that the fee will increase to AU$7 per month.

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'This is just the beginning for Prime in Australia as we will keep making Prime better, adding even more selection and benefits, ' Jamil Ghani, Amazon Prime International vice-president, said. Prime customers also get access to Prime Video which include access to Amazon originals including The Grand Tour, American Gods and The Man in the High Castle.

Amazon Prime customers in more remote locations will potentially receive shipping within four to five days. Prime members can watch anytime, anywhere via the Prime Video app on mobile phones, tablets, select Smart TVs, game consoles, and Fire TV stick.

It's not an exclusive TV service but also gives subscribers access to games, e-books and shopping.

If you're interested you can head over to Amazon and kick off your 30-day trial of Amazon Prime now.

Prime members can save money on all Prime eligible Priority deliveries, receiving deliveries in as fast as one day.

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