Austria is the latest country to open a probe into Amazon's business practices.
Austria is the latest country to open a probe into Amazon’s business practices.

An Austrian regulator has launched an investigation into Amazon for allegedly violating competition law.

The country’s Federal Competition Authority (BWB) said it would assess whether Amazon had abused its dominant position in the country to discriminate against traders on its platform.

The investigation follows complaints filed by the country’s trade association for retailers, Handelsverband, in December.

Complainants claim that Amazon discriminates against other retailers in order to boost its own products on the marketplace.

Alleged abuses include abruptly terminating seller accounts, forcing sellers to disclose purchase prices and sellers unjustly losing their product ranking.

Amazon is also accused of adding incorrect delivery details to seller accounts.

If found guilty, Amazon could face new obligations or a fine. The regulator will work with its counterpart in Germany, which launched a similar investigation in November 2018. It plans to carry out a market survey as part of the investigation.

Theodor Thanner, director general of the BWB, said: “The digital world is…