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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 1597 - August 10, 2007 - ISSN 1539-5065    1 of 2

Understanding Amazon Payments International Restrictions

By Ina Steiner
August 10, 2007

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Amazon.com announced last week that developers can now integrate its Amazon Payments service with their websites and applications using Amazon FPS (Flexible Payments Service). However, there are restrictions on who can use Amazon Payments to send or receive money. The following information was provided to AuctionBytes by Amazon.

The service is currently only available in the US, but developers from around the world can use the Amazon FPS sandbox to build and test applications. To run live transactions with Amazon FPS, developers must register for a production FPS account. This requires a US-based bank account and mailing address. Foreign companies must also be registered as international companies in the US to use Amazon FPS for live production applications.

International senders can use their Amazon Payments account on Amazon FPS powered sites but are limited to credit card payments only. International Amazon Payments account holders cannot receive money into their Amazon Payments account or pay via ACH. All transactions are in US dollars.


About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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