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Amazon Type F

ISTA 6-Amazon.com-SIOC (Ships In Own Container) Type F

ISTA 6-Amazon.com-SIOC is a standard developed to challenge the package and product to withstand transportation hazards that are typically encountered during transportation and handling of products from the vendor to Amazon.com and to the customer.

Amazon Package Testing Type F program is for LTL delivery of individual palletized packaged-products. The details of the standard were derived from studies conducted by Amazon.com and from customer feedback. The Amazon packaging test is specifically designed for products delivered to the Amazon.com fulfillment center and then the customer by way of parcel transportation or Less-Than-Truckload (“LTL”) shipping methods. Type F test does require the use of a top load apparatus during testing. There are specific requirements for the use of the top load. The apparatus itself must be positioned and distributed according to the size of the package that is being tested. This is to ensure even weight distribution for accurate testing of the package.

Amazon.com encourages its vendors who ship products in their own containers (SIOC) to test to ISTA 6-Amazon.com-SIOC to understand the durability and performance of their packaging so as to reduce damages and returns. The product will undergo testing in accordance with the Testing Type requirements. After testing is completed, the vendor will receive an Amazon standard lab report that is to be submitted to Amazon for Amazon Package Testing Certification.

OVERVIEW OF PROJECT 6-AMAZON.COM-SIOC

Type F products qualify for Amazon SIOC status and are tested based on the Amazon ISTA 6 SIOC Packaging Testing Type F test sequence outlined in the chart below.

Type F – LTL Delivery of Individual Palletized Packaged-Products
Sequence NumberTest CategoryTest TypeTest LevelRemarks
1Atmospheric Preconditioning
TEST BLOCK 1
Temperature and HumidityLab ambient, 12 hoursRequired
2Atmospheric Conditioning
TEST BLOCK 1
Controlled Temperature and HumidityTemperature and humidity chosen from chartOptional
3Shock
TEST BLOCK 3
Tip/Tip OverUse a 22 degree tip angleRequired for packages ≥48 in. (1.2 m)  tall and any one base dimension < ½ the height; or for packages ≥ 30 in. (760 mm) tall and with a center of gravity vertical location > ½ the package height
4Shock
TEST BLOCK 5
Rotational FLAT Drop9 in (230 mm)Required
5Shock TEST BLOCK 6Rotational EDGE Drop9 in (230 mm)Required
6Shock
TEST BLOCK 7
Rotational CORNER Drop9 in (230 mm)Required
7Shock
TEST BLOCK 8
Inclined or Horizontal Impact48 in/sec (4 ft/sec) (1.2 m/sec) impact velocity or velocity changeRequired
8Compression, Vertical
TEST BLOCK 9
Top-to-Bottom Pallet on topCalculated from formulaRequired, Machine or weights and load spreader
9Shock
TEST BLOCK 11
Fork Lift SimulationFlat Push and Rotate tests, Elevated Push and Pull testsRequired
10Vertical Vibration
TEST BLOCK 14
Random With Top LoadOverall Grms level of 0.54Required
11Shock
TEST BLOCK 17
Rotational FLAT Drop9 in (230 mm)Required
12Shock
TEST BLOCK 18
Rotational EDGE Drop9 in (230 mm)Required
13Shock
TEST BLOCK 19
Rotational CORNER Drop9 in (230 mm)Required
14Shock
TEST BLOCK 20
Inclined or Horizontal Impact48 in/sec (4 ft/sec) (1.2 m/sec) impacts  or 3 in. (76 mm) dropsRequired
15Shock
TEST BLOCK 24
Concentrated Edge ImpactHazard box dropped 16 in (410 mm)Required for Flat Packages Only

Guidelines for the Amazon ISTA 6 Type F are as followed. This is a pass/fail test. Pass/fail standards will be determined prior to testing by the shipper, manufacturer, Amazon.com, and other stakeholders. They must determine the following:

  • What constitutes damage to the product
  • What damage tolerance level, if any, is allowable
  • The correct methodology to determine product condition at the end of testing
  • The acceptable package condition at the end of testing

As an Amazon and ISTA-certified package testing lab, Keystone Compliance can meet your package testing needs, including ISTA 6-Amazon.com-Ships-In-Own-Container Type F. By providing quick turnarounds, competitive pricing and engineering assistance, Keystone Compliance has become a leader in the package test lab industry. Receiving a quote to complete ISTA-6 Amazon.com-SIOC Type F testing is as easy as completing our online quote form or calling us at (724) 657-9940.