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ISTA 6 Amazon SIPP Package Integrity Testing

Amazon SIPP (Ships in Product Packaging) Type A Package Integrity Testing

The Amazon Ships in Product Packaging (SIPP) package certification is an essential requirement for numerous packages. This certification represents a general simulation package test, formulated by the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) and referred to as ISTA-6.

The Amazon Type A test method specifically caters to parcel delivery of individually packaged products.

These products must have a weight and dimensions that do not exceed 50 pounds (23 kg) and a girth of 165 inches (4.19 m) or less. The standard handling shipping method is used for transporting these products.

Undergoing Amazon package testing is a critical step to attain certification on seller central. The SIPP program encompasses various packaging requirements, such as using recycled materials, ensuring packages are easy to open, and focusing on waste reduction. These requirements align with Amazon’s frustration-free objectives in fulfillment.

ISTA 6 Amazon SIPP Type A Verification Process

The ISTA-6 Type A package verification process involves a range of physical tests. Amazon mandates tests like drops, vibration, compression, and sometimes conditioning. The test plan mimics the conditions of packaged products as they navigate through Amazon’s distribution system to the customer.

For Amazon sellers, achieving package certification and registering on seller central is vital. The same applies to Amazon vendor enrollment. Certification reduces chargebacks and streamlines the product’s journey through Amazon’s fulfillment packaging system.

Amazon vendors and sellers also benefit from fewer returns and reduced or eliminated prep-fees. This helps Amazon not need to add extra prep requirements.

Amazon SIPP Testing Overview

Package certification becomes necessary in one of four situations:

  • When introducing a new product or package to Amazon
  • If there are changes to a product’s design
  • When a change in Amazon’s requirements makes a previously exempt package need certification
  • If Amazon observes damages during shipment to the customer.

Undergoing package testing offers multiple benefits for sellers and vendors. It leads to quicker product-to-market times, balanced distribution costs, reduced damage and product loss, enhanced customer satisfaction, and more confident product launches.

Unacceptable Packages

Amazon evaluates acceptable packages based on their performance in tests.

Certain package designs are deemed unacceptable, including those with non-taped, 123 or auto bottom boxes, protruding tuck flaps, tabs, and handles.

Tuck flaps that stick out are also rejected.

Cut outs, where the packaging partially or fully exposes products, are prohibited.

The use of plastic bags and other coverings is not allowed. Packaging that deforms due to insufficient strength will result in failure, and boxes that lack six sides are not permitted.

Amazon SIPP Type A Pass/Fail Criteria:

Questions often arise about the pass/fail criteria, which are determined before testing. This involves collaboration among the shipper, manufacturer, Amazon, and other stakeholders. The group must define what constitutes product damage, acceptable package condition post-testing, damage tolerance, and how to evaluate the product’s condition.

Overview of the ISTA-6 Type A Test Plan

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

Sequence NumberTest CategoryTest TypeTest LevelRemarks
1

Atmospheric Preconditioning

TEST BLOCK 1

Temperature and HumidityLab ambient, 12 hoursRequired
2

Atmospheric Conditioning

TEST BLOCK 1

Controlled Temperature and HumidityTemperature and humidity chosen from chartOptional
3

Shock

TEST BLOCK 2

Free-Fall Drop9 Drops – height varies with packaged-product weightRequired
4

Vibration

TEST BLOCK 12

Random With and Without Top LoadOverall Grms levels of 0.53 and 0.46Required
5

Shock

TEST BLOCK 15

Free-Fall Drop8 Drops – height varies with packaged-product weight. Includes drop on hazardRequired
6

Shock

TEST BLOCK 21

Rotational Edge Drop9 in (230 mm)Required for Elongated and Flat Packages
7

Shock

TEST BLOCK 22

Full Rotational Flat DropVaries with packaged-product dimensionsRequired for Elongated and Flat Packages
8

Shock

TEST BLOCK 23

Bridge ImpactHazard Box dropped 16 in (400 mm)Required for Elongated Packages Only
9

Shock

TEST BLOCK 24

Concentrated Edge ImpactHazard Box dropped 16 in (400 mm)Required for Flat Packages Only
10

Integrity

TEST BLOCK 25

Leak Test8 hoursRequired for Liquids ONLY

 

Expert Ships in Product Packaging (SIPP) Testing

If you’re ready to begin, start by requesting a quote from us. If you’re uncertain, contact us for guidance. We understand the requirements deeply and can advise on grouping ASINs to reduce testing. Our lab is equipped with multiple shakers, temperature chambers, and other test equipment. We can test individual products as well as entire pallets.

Keystone Compliance is ISTA and ISO-17025 accredited, offering quick scheduling and report turnaround. We assist with testing failures and offer volume discounts.

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For additional resources on SIPP testing, including a free test-type calculator to help determine the most suitable test type for your product, visit our APASS Lab website. Our goal is to assist you in selecting the perfect test to guarantee your product arrives in excellent condition, providing a positive unboxing experience for your customers.

Partner with us to experience our streamlined process, affordable pricing, and unmatched service. Reach out to learn why many companies choose Keystone Compliance for their e-commerce packaging test needs.

 

For more information on SIPP testing, follow the corresponding links:

Amazon APASS-Approved SIPP Package Testing
Amazon SIPP Type B Package Testing
Amazon SIPP Type C Package Testing
Amazon SIPP Type D Package Testing
Amazon SIPP Type E Package Testing
Amazon SIPP Type F Package Testing
Amazon SIPP Type G Package Testing
Amazon SIPP Type H Package Testing