Amazon has reached an agreement with Germany’s Federal Cartel Office to amend the conditions for third party sellers on its local site. It had previously been argued that many of the T&Cs imposed unfair and restrictive demands on sellers using the Amazon.de Marketplace. These included blocking accounts without notice and holding sellers liable for a range of practices around shipping of goods.
Amazon said in a statement that the changes to T&Cs would be effective from 16 August. It also agreed that European sellers would in future be able to take disputes to local courts rather than being forced to use Luxembourg for legal proceedings. The new deal also includes less stringent confidentiality requirements on what sellers can say about Amazon; product information rights and quality requirements, and reduced Amazon oversight of product reviews and seller ratings.
The changes will apply to all Amazon international markets, including North America and Asia. As a result of the agreement, Austrian regulators have dropped an enquiry into Amazon’s business practices launched in February this year.