Amazon SIPP (Ships in Product Packaging) Type D Package Integrity Testing
Amazon has developed the Type D package testing method specifically for Less Than Truckload (LTL) loads under 100 pounds. LTL refers to shipments that are not transported through typical parcel delivery services such as Amazon, UPS, FedEx, or the US Mail. Despite being LTL, these packages are still handled using the standard handling method.
The SIPP (Ships in Product Packaging) test standard is designed for products that are shipped without an additional Amazon box, avoiding over-boxing.
Amazon SIPP packages must endure the entire Amazon fulfillment process, including shipment from the manufacturer or distributor to the Amazon Fulfillment Center and from Amazon to the customer.
ISTA 6 SIPP Type D Verification Process
Package verification is a requirement for most Amazon sellers and vendors. Sellers must submit package testing information through Amazon Seller Central, including a test report from an Amazon certified package testing lab. Labs are certified through Amazon’s APASS network and must fully understand Amazon fulfillment packaging requirements.
Amazon’s vendor enrollment process often includes package certification. Packages must predominantly use recycled materials, be easy to open, and not add significant weight or dimensions to the product. These criteria are part of Amazon’s Frustration-Free Packaging (FFP) initiative.
Amazon SIPP Testing Overview
Amazon has developed a lab certification procedure for packaging test labs known as APASS.
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.
To qualify for certification, packages must meet specific criteria:
Packages should be rigid, six-sided rectangular boxes.
All open edges must be sealed to ensure integrity throughout shipping. Staples are not allowed for sealing but may be used on the manufacturer’s glue joint.
Locking tabs must be sealed with tape or glue.
Package labels and markings must clearly identify contents and any special handling instructions.
The product-to-package ratio or the total cubic volume of the primary product and necessary pieces should be considered.
Amazon SIPP Type D Pass/Fail Criteria:
For its Ships in Product Packaging (SIPP) program, Amazon sets clear pass/fail criteria before testing. This preparation is a collective effort involving shippers, manufacturers, Amazon, and other parties, aimed at ensuring product and packaging integrity. Key areas of focus include:
- Defining Product Damage: Establishing what constitutes unacceptable product damage after shipping.
- Package Condition Post-Testing: Identifying acceptable wear and tear on the package from transit.
- Damage Tolerance: Setting thresholds for allowable damage during shipping.
- Product Condition Evaluation: Agreeing on how to assess the product’s condition upon arrival.
These criteria are designed to maintain Amazon’s standards for customer satisfaction, reduce transit damage, and promote sustainable packaging practices, ensuring a seamless delivery experience.
Overview of the ISTA-6 Type D Test Plan
The testing protocol for Amazon Type D products is a collaboration between Amazon and ISTA (International Safe Transit Authority), officially named ISTA-6 Type D.
Type D – LTL Delivery of Individual Packaged-Products Less Than 100 lb (43 kg)
TEST BLOCK 1
|Temperature and Humidity
|Lab ambient, 12 hours
TEST BLOCK 1
|Controlled Temperature and Humidity
|Temperature and humidity chosen from table
TEST BLOCK 3
|Use a 22 degree tip angle
|Required 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
TEST BLOCK 4
|6 drops – 18 in (460 mm) max
TEST BLOCK 9
|Test in the intended shipping orientation or most stable orientation
|Calculated from formula, Maintain force for 1 hour
|Required, Machine, or weights and load spreader
TEST BLOCK 10
Calculated from formula, Clamp in multiple
orientations as directed
|Required For any of the 2 axes with a width dimension ≥ 24 in (610mm) and < 75 in (1905 mm)
TEST BLOCK 13
Random With Top
|Overall Grms level of 0.54
TEST BLOCK 16
|6 drops – 32 in (810 mm) max
TEST BLOCK 22
|Full Rotational Flat Drop
|Varies with packaged-product dimensions
|Required for Elongated and Flat Packages
TEST BLOCK 23
|Hazard Box dropped 16 in (400 mm)
|Required for Elongated Packages Only
TEST BLOCK 24
|Concentrated Edge Impact
|Hazard Box dropped 16 in (400 mm)
|Required for Flat Packages Only
Upon completing APASS package testing, a test report is prepared for submission through Amazon vendor enrollment or to seller central.
Start the Certification Process
Ready to benefit from a certified package? Our team specializes in e-commerce package testing. Request a quote if you’re certain about your needs, 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 assists hundreds of companies annually with compliance testing needs. We look forward to helping you certify your packages through our efficient process.
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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.
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