Italy fines Amazon over € 1 billion

The gendarme of competition in Italy imposed, Thursday, on Amazon a fine of more than 1.128 billion euros for “abuse of a dominant position” for having discriminated against sellers who had not used its logistics service.

“Amazon has undermined competing operators in the logistics service of e-commerce,” said the competition officer in Italy in a statement.

The American online distribution giant had already seen a sanction of 68.7 million euros in November for infringement of competition rules by restricting access to the Amazon platform of certain resellers of Apple products.

This behavior is all the more serious in the eyes of the Italian Antitrust as “at least 70% of purchases of consumer electronics products in Italy” are made on Amazon.

Amazon’s dominant position on the Italian market “has enabled it to promote its own logistics service … with sellers active on the platform to the detriment of competing operators”, ruled the Italian authority.

Sellers who do not use Amazon’s logistics service are excluded from a “set of essential benefits to gain visibility and better sales prospects,” she added.

The countries of the European Union have increased financial sanctions against American and Chinese digital heavyweights in recent months, in an effort to better regulate their activities.



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