“For some brands all merchants with the exception of Amazon itself and the respective brand manufacturer are excluded,” the paper quoted Cartel Office President Andreas Mundt as saying.
Amazon said that it is cooperating with the German authorities, adding it continuously invests to protect its store from illegitimate goods.
Apple and the Federal Cartel Office were not immediately available for comment.
The agreements could offer protection against product piracy. However, bans of third-party dealers must “comply with the principle of proportionality and must not lead to the elimination of competition,” Mundt said.
The most prominent example is Amazon’s cooperation with mobile phone maker Apple, which only Apple dealerships and Amazon can offer on the platform, he said.
The new probe into Amazon’s treatment of third-party dealers comes after Germany’s competition watchdog in August launched an investigation of whether and how Amazon influences traders’ price-setting on its marketplace.
(Reporting by Arno Schuetze; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)