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Australia’s watchdog urged to probe local distributors blocking online sales

There are growing calls for Australia’s competition watchdog to conduct an inquiry into local apparel distributors who are preventing overseas suppliers from selling their products to Australian consumers on international websites or instructing them to increase their web prices.

The calls come after The Age last week revealed that a growing number of Australian fashion importers and wholesalers are reaching agreements with international brands to lift prices or cease shipping there.

Australian consumer group Choice spokeswoman Ingrid Just on Wednesday urged the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to ”have a closer look” at the practice.