Amazon Package Testing
You are likely aware that Amazon has implemented new regulations requiring vendors to test and certify the majority of their packages by August 1, 2019 or face charge backs amounting to $1.99 per item after the effective date. Packages certified prior to August are eligible for a $1 credit for each item shipped prior to August 1st so early adopters can receive a substantial credit to help mitigate the testing costs. Keystone is one of a select few approved package testing labs in Amazon’s APASS Network. Having been trained at Amazon’s lab in Seattle, our team is extremely familiar with the requirements and can assist vendor’s through the product registration process.
Amazon has three primary classifications of packages:
- Prep-Free Packaging or “PFP” are packages that are shipped in an Amazon Box, but do not require any additional preparation or packaging by Amazon. Prep-Free Packages are often referred to as overboxing and classified as Tier 3. These packages must be tested at an approved lab and meet the requirements of ISTA-6 OB. PFP packages enjoy a reduction in Amazon-prep chargebacks.
- Ships In Own Container or “SIOC” packages require no prep or overboxing by Amazon. The packaging itself must include recyclable materials and as minimal as necessary. SIOC packages are considered Tier 2 and must meet the package testing requirements of ISTA 6-Amazon SIOC. SIOC packages also receive a reduction in Amazon chargebacks as well as reduced packaging and transportation costs.
- Frustration-Free Packaging or “FFP” are similar to SIOC in that they must meet ISTA 6-Amazon SIOC requirements, require no overboxing, require no Amazon prep and must be constructed from recyclable materials. However, unlike SIOC packages, the FFP packages must also be made in such a way that the product can be completely removed from its packaging within just two minutes. FFP packages enjoy the most benefits, which include free Vine enrollment, additional site marketing, reduce shipping charges and reduced package costs.
Keystone Compliance understands the new Amazon package testing requirements and can guide vendors and sellers through the process. As an ISTA-certified package test lab, our reports are accepted globally. We also offer short lead times on scheduling and a quick turnaround on test reports. If and when failures occur during the package testing program, our team can provide feedback and ideas for action steps to overcome the challenges. Our communication throughout the process is constant, timely and professional. You will always know the status of your test program. Our prices are affordable and we offer volume discounts. We also can provided expedited testing when needed.
Contact us to see why so many companies trust Keystone Compliance to meet their package testing needs and why Amazon approved our lab as one of its select APASS package testing laboratories.
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