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Amazon Type A

Amazon SIOC Type A Package Testing

The Amazon Ships In Own Container (SIOC) package certification is a requirement for many packages. It is a general simulation package test. The SIOC test was designed by the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) and is called ISTA-6.

The Amazon Type A test method is for parcel delivery of individual packaged products. The weight and dimensions are less than 50 pounds (23 kg) and a girth equal to or less than 165 inches (4.19 m). The shipping method for these products is the standard handling shipping method.

Amazon package testing is necessary to receive certification on seller central. Some of the packaging requirements of the SIOC program include use of recycled packaging material, packages are easy to open and waste reduction. These objectives meet the frustration-free objectives of Amazon fulfillment.

Verification Process:

The package verification process of ISTA-6 Type A includes a series of physical tests. Amazon requires tests such as drops, vibration, compression and sometimes conditioning.The test plan simulates the effects of packaged products shipped through Amazon’s distribution system to the customer.

As an Amazon seller, it is important to achieve the package certification and register on seller central. The same holds true for Amazon vendor enrollment as well. Receiving certification reduces chargebacks and expedites the product through the Amazon fulfillment packaging system. Amazon vendors and sellers also enjoy reduced returns and reduced or eliminated prep-fees. This results from Amazon not having to add prep requirements.

APASS Overview:

Amazon has created a lab certification process for packaging test labs like Keystone Compliance. This program is called APASS. The Amazon APASS package testing labs, like Keystone Compliance, must be accredited and experts of the requirements. Keystone Compliance can meet all of the Amazon Type A testing needs.

Package certification is required in one of five instances. First, when the product or package is new to Amazon. Second, when there are changes to a product design. Third, when there are changes to a product design. Fourth, when a change in the Amazon requirements causes a package that had been exempt to now be certified. Lastly, if Amazon observes damages during shipment of the product to the customer.

Package testing is not all bad for sellers and vendors. By going through certification, companies receive several benefits. The product to market time is reduced. The distribution costs are balanced. There is a reduction in damage and product loss. There is an increase in customer satisfaction. The product launch occurs with more confidence.

Pass/Fail Criteria:

We are often asked about the pass and fail criteria. This criteria is determined prior to testing. It is set by the shipper, manufacturer, Amazon and other stakeholders. They must work together to identify several items. First, what constitutes damage to the product? Second, what is an acceptable condition of the package? This is reviewed after testing is complete. Third, Is there a damage tolerance? If there is, what is it? Lastly, how is the product condition evaluated?

Another question we receive is about distant testing. If the product has to be shipped to the lab, how do you then test it? We test packages daily from all over the country. We ask our customer to overbox the product. It is extremely rare for there to be damage to an over-packaged product. We can provide recommendations as needed.


Type A – Parcel Delivery of Individual Packaged-Products Less Than 50 lb (23 kg)

Sequence NumberTest CategoryTest TypeTest LevelRemarks
1Atmospheric Preconditioning
Temperature and HumidityLab ambient, 12 hoursRequired
2Atmospheric Conditioning
Controlled Temperature and HumidityTemperature and humidity chosen from chartOptional
Free-Fall Drop9 Drops – height varies with packaged-product weightRequired
Random With and Without Top LoadOverall Grms levels of 0.53 and 0.46Required
Free-Fall Drop8 Drops – height varies with packaged-product weight. Includes drop on hazardRequired
Rotational Edge Drop9 in (230 mm)Required for Elongated and Flat Packages
Full Rotational Flat DropVaries with packaged-product dimensionsRequired for Elongated and Flat Packages
Bridge ImpactHazard Box dropped 16 in (400 mm)Required for Elongated Packages Only
Concentrated Edge ImpactHazard Box dropped 16 in (400 mm)Required for Flat Packages Only
Leak Test8 hoursRequired for Liquids ONLY

If you are ready to get started, here are the steps. If you know what you need, request a quote from us. If you are unsure, contact us. We thoroughly understand the requirements. We also know that ASINs can be grouped to reduce testing. You might not need to test nearly as much as you think you do.

Our lab features multiple shakers, temperature chambers and other test equipment. In addition to testing single products, we can also test entire pallets. Our package testing capabilities are limitless.

We are accredited to ISTA and SO-17025. We can often meet immediate scheduling requirements. Our turnaround time on reports is quick. If failures occur during testing, we can assist. We also offer volume discounts.

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Keystone Compliance is one of the fastest growing labs in the country. Our growth has been the direct result of our knowledge and service. Hundreds of companies partner with us each year. Our engineers are e-commerce packaging test experts. They appreciate our streamlined process, affordable pricing and unmatched service. Reach out to us to learn firsthand why so many companies partner with us.