Amazon halts ban on UK-issued Visa credit cards

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LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Amazon.com said on Monday it would not stop accepting UK-issued Visa Inc credit cards on its British website later this month as it had proposed, adding that it was working with Visa (V.N) to resolve a dispute over payment fees.

"The expected  change regarding  the use of  Visa credit  cards  on Amazon.co.uk  will no longer take place on January 19," the company said in an email to customers.

"We are working  closely  with Visa on a potential solution  that will enable  customers to continue using their Visa credit cards  on  Amazon.co.uk." 

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Amazon said in November it would ban Visa's card because of the high transaction fees charged by the payment processor.

An Amazon logo is seen at its centre in Darlington, County Durham, Britain September 3, 2020. REUTERS/Lee Smith/File Photo

It said customers could still use Visa's debit cards, along with Mastercard and Amex credit cards and Eurocard. read more

A Visa spokesperson said on Monday: "Amazon customers can continue to use Visa cards on Amazon.co.uk after January 19 while we work closely together to reach an agreement."

Visa had said in November it was "very disappointed that Amazon was threatening to restrict consumer choice".

An EU-enforced cap on fees charged by card issuers is no longer in place in the UK following Brexit.

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Reporting by Michael Holden and Paul Sandle; Editing by Kirsten Donovan

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