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ISTA 6 Amazon SIPP Package Integrity Testing

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

Amazon, in its quest to reduce returns and costs, has continuously updated package requirements for sellers and vendors. In collaboration with the International Safe Transit Authority (ISTA), Amazon has developed a series of package testing methods.

The Amazon Type E package standard is tailored for Less Than Truckload (LTL) shipments over 100 pounds.

The official name of this test standard is ISTA-6 Type E, designed for packages delivered using standard handling methods. The testing simulates the environment a package endures within the Amazon distribution system, including transportation effects and the environment of the Amazon fulfillment system.

ISTA 6 SIPP Type E Verification Process

Type E products are classified as SIPP (Ships In Product Packaging), meaning these packages are not placed in an additional Amazon box or fulfillment packaging, avoiding over-boxing. Instead, SIPP packages are those provided by the seller and vendor.

Testing must be conducted by an Amazon-approved package testing lab, certified through the Amazon APASS network. These labs must thoroughly understand the test requirements, package verification process, Amazon vendor enrollment, and Amazon seller enrollment.

Amazon mandates comprehensive package testing to eliminate prep requirements. Upon testing completion, a report is generated and submitted through Amazon seller central, unlocking various benefits.

Amazon SIPP Testing Overview

Package certification offers several benefits including:

  • Increased confidence in product launches
  • Reduced time to market
  • Balanced distribution costs.

A key goal of the program is waste reduction, achieved by avoiding unnecessary increases in weight or dimensions and minimizing excess packaging material. This results in enhanced customer satisfaction, reputation, and reduced returns. Frustration-free packaging is also easy to open.

Amazon rewards sellers and vendors with certified packages through reduced or zero prep fees and chargebacks. However, the program details may change over time, so it’s important to stay updated.

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 E Pass/Fail Criteria

When establishing pass/fail standards for product packaging, collaboration is key. Before testing begins, stakeholders such as shippers, manufacturers, Amazon, and others must agree on definitions of product damage, acceptable post-test package conditions, damage tolerance, and assessment methods for the product’s post-test condition.

For packaging certification, especially for SIPP (Ships in Product Packaging), choosing a test lab approved by Amazon’s APASS (Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier) network is essential. Keystone Compliance, a certified lab within this network, brings deep expertise in Amazon’s packaging requirements. Their role is critical in ensuring packaging meets Amazon’s strict criteria, aligning with SIPP goals and securing product integrity and customer satisfaction.

Overview of the ISTA-6 Type E Test Plan

Below is a chart outlining the full scope of testing:

 

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 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
4

Shock

TEST BLOCK 5

Rotational FLAT Drop9 in (230 mm)Required
5

Shock

TEST BLOCK 6

Rotational EDGE Drop9 in (230 mm)Required
6

Shock

TEST BLOCK 8

Inclined or Horizontal Impact48 in/sec (4 ft/sec) (1.2 m/sec) impact velocity or velocity changeRequired
7

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 and load spreader
8

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)
9

Vertical Vibration

TEST BLOCK 13

Random With Top LoadOverall Grms level of 0.54Required
10

Shock

TEST BLOCK 20

Inclined or Horizontal Impact48 in/sec (4 ft/sec) (1.2 m/sec) impacts  or 3 in. (76 mm) dropsRequired
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

 

Start the Process

Keystone Compliance can assist you in reaping the benefits of a certified package. As experts in e-commerce package testing, we offer guidance whether you know your needs or are uncertain. We understand Amazon.com package testing requirements and know that ASINs can be grouped to reduce testing.

As a leader in Amazon package testing, Keystone Compliance works with numerous companies annually for compliance testing needs. Our lab features short lead times, prompt report writing, and volume discounts.

Let’s get started!

Request a quote to see why hundreds of manufacturers trust Keystone with their testing process.

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 B Package Testing
Amazon SIPP Type C Package Testing
Amazon SIPP Type D Package Testing
Amazon SIPP Type F Package Testing
Amazon SIPP Type G Package Testing
Amazon SIPP Type H Package Testing