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

Amazon Type B package certification is crucial for many vendors and sellers under the Ships in Product Packaging (SIPP) program. To be eligible for test method B, packages must weigh between 50 and 100 pounds and have a girth of no more than 165 inches. Typically, these packages are dispatched using standard shipping methods like parcel delivery.

Type B is an integral part of Amazon’s SIPP program, which stands for Ships in Product Packaging. These packages are designed to travel through Amazon’s distribution network directly to the end customer without needing an additional Amazon box, a process often referred to as over-boxing.

The SIPP packages are a key element of Amazon’s frustration-free packaging initiative.

Frustration-free packaging is characterized by ease of opening, use of recycled materials, and minimal waste due to reduced weight and dimensions.

ISTA 6 SIPP Type B Verification Process

The aim of these packaging tests is to assess the protective quality of the packaging. Packages are subjected to a variety of tests, devised by Amazon and the International Safe Transit Authority (ISTA). The SIPP packaging test program is also known as ISTA-6.

The ISTA-6 Type B tests include vibrations, shocks, and drops, with products possibly being preconditioned as needed.

Amazon’s package verification process is designed to replicate the physical demands encountered during Amazon fulfillment. Both the packaging and the contents are scrutinized during testing. Particular attention is paid to potential damage.

To aid Amazon sellers and vendors, Amazon established APASS, a network of package testing companies. Keystone Compliance is an accredited APASS package testing lab, knowledgeable in package testing requirements, the seller central registration process, and package prep requirements. Keystone helps companies with Amazon vendor enrollment and Amazon package testing.

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 enforces strict packaging standards to ensure products are delivered safely and sustainably. The company evaluates packaging based on its performance in specific tests, focusing on durability and protection. However, certain package designs are automatically deemed unacceptable due to their potential to compromise product integrity or the customer’s unboxing experience.

Key unacceptable design features include:

  • Boxes without tape: Essential for sealing and security.
  • Boxes with protruding elements: Such as tuck flaps, tabs, and handles that can catch or tear.

Additionally, Amazon prohibits:

  • Packaging with cut-outs exposing the product.
  • The use of plastic bags or similar non-protective coverings.
  • Packages that deform under stress, indicating insufficient strength.
  • Boxes that do not have a standard six-sided structure.

These criteria highlight Amazon’s commitment to quality delivery experiences, ensuring that all products arrive in excellent condition while promoting sustainable packaging solutions.

Amazon SIPP Type B 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 B Test Plan

The test plan for Amazon Type B packages encompasses 13 sequence numbers.

Type B – Parcel Delivery of Individual Packaged-Products 50 lb (23 kg) to Less Than 100 lb (43 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 tableOptional
3

Shock

TEST BLOCK 2

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

Shock

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
5

Compression, Vertical

TEST BLOCK 9

Test in the intended shipping orientation or most stable orientationCalculated from formula, Maintain force for 1 hourRequired, Machine, or weights & load spreader
6

Compression, Horizontal

TEST BLOCK 10

Clamping SimulationCalculated from formula, Clamp in multiple orientations as directedRequired For any of the 2 axes with a width dimension ≥ 24 in (610mm) and < 75 in (1905 mm)
7

Vibration

TEST BLOCK 12

Random With and Without Top LoadOverall Grms levels of 0.53 and 0.46Required
8

Shock

TEST BLOCK 15

Free-Fall Drop8 Drops – height varies with packaged-product weight. Includes drop on hazardRequired
9

Shock

TEST BLOCK 21

Rotational Edge Drop9 in (230 mm)Required for Elongated and Flat Packages
10

Shock

TEST BLOCK 22

Full Rotational Flat DropVaries with packaged-product dimensionsRequired for Elongated and Flat Packages
11

Shock

TEST BLOCK 23

Bridge ImpactHazard Box dropped 16 in (400 mm)Required for Elongated Packages Only
12

Shock

TEST BLOCK 24

Concentrated Edge ImpactHazard Box dropped 16 in (400 mm)Required for Flat Packages Only
13

Integrity

TEST BLOCK 25

Leak Test8 hoursRequired for Liquids ONLY

Keystone Can Help You Get SIPP Certified

To begin the certification process and enjoy the benefits of a certified package, you can request a quote or contact us for guidance. We understand the intricacies of the requirements and can advise on grouping ASINs to minimize testing.

As a leader in Amazon package testing, Keystone Compliance works with numerous companies annually to assist with compliance testing needs. We are eager to help you certify your packages through our efficient and streamlined process.

Let’s get started!

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.

 

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

Amazon APASS-Approved SIPP Package Testing
Amazon SIPP Type A 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