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

The Amazon Package Test Type F is a standard developed for pallet testing, employing the pallet handling method. This standard, a collaboration between Amazon and the International Safe Transit Authority (ISTA), is officially known as ISTA-6 Type F.

Type F is a component of Amazon’s SIPP (Ships In Product Packaging) packaging program. SIPP packages are not shipped in an Amazon box (a practice termed over-boxing), but rather in packaging provided by the seller or vendor. The key requirement is that the pallet must endure the shipping environment of the entire Amazon distribution system.

ISTA 6 SIPP Type F Verification Process

Pallets face various environmental conditions, beginning at the vendor or seller’s location, transferring to the Amazon Fulfillment Center, and culminating at the customer’s location. Amazon demands packaging materials that adequately protect the product.

Packaging must meet frustration-free standards: easy to open, with no prep requirements, designed to reduce waste, and minimizing weight and dimensions to avoid overpacking.

Amazon SIPP Testing Overview

Amazon’s APASS (Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier) program mandates certification for packaging test labs, focusing on compliance with Amazon and SIPP (Ships in Product Packaging) standards. The need for APASS certification arises in several instances:

  • Introducing a new product or package on Amazon.
  • Making design changes to an existing product.
  • Updating packaging due to changes in Amazon’s requirements.
  • Addressing shipment damage issues noted by Amazon.

Undergoing APASS-certified testing offers multiple advantages, including accelerated product launches, reduced distribution costs, minimized damages, and enhanced customer satisfaction. This certification, aligned with ISTA standards, ensures packaging meets Amazon’s and SIPP’s rigorous criteria, promoting a better marketplace experience.

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 F Pass/Fail Criteria

Before testing starts, a collaborative effort sets the standards. Amazon sellers, vendors, shippers, and stakeholders come together. They define what counts as product damage. They also decide the acceptable condition for products and packaging after testing. Plus, they set the damage tolerance levels. These standards align with Amazon’s ISTA (International Safe Transit Association) guidelines.

Sellers and vendors on Amazon play a key role. They actively participate in this important phase. Package verification is a crucial step. For sellers, this happens through Seller Central. For vendors, it’s a required part of enrollment. This process helps prevent transit damage. It also aims to improve customer satisfaction.

By setting clear criteria, Amazon ensures product quality. It meets the highest standards for packaging integrity and durability. This approach supports Amazon’s commitment to quality and sustainability across its delivery network.

Overview of the ISTA-6 Type F Test Plan

The scope of testing for Amazon Type F packages differs due to the use of the pallet handling method. Below is the test sequence for Amazon fulfillment packaging.

Type F – LTL Delivery of Individual Palletized Packaged-Products

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 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
5Shock TEST BLOCK 6Rotational EDGE Drop9 in (230 mm)Required
6

Shock

TEST BLOCK 7

Rotational CORNER Drop9 in (230 mm)Required
7

Shock

TEST BLOCK 8

Inclined or Horizontal Impact48 in/sec (4 ft/sec) (1.2 m/sec) impact velocity or velocity changeRequired
8

Compression, Vertical

TEST BLOCK 9

Top-to-Bottom Pallet on topCalculated from formulaRequired, Machine or weights and load spreader
9

Shock

TEST BLOCK 11

Fork Lift SimulationFlat Push and Rotate tests, Elevated Push and Pull testsRequired
10

Vertical Vibration

TEST BLOCK 14

Random With Top LoadOverall Grms level of 0.54Required
11

Shock

TEST BLOCK 17

Rotational FLAT Drop9 in (230 mm)Required
12

Shock

TEST BLOCK 18

Rotational EDGE Drop9 in (230 mm)Required
13

Shock

TEST BLOCK 19

Rotational CORNER Drop9 in (230 mm)Required
14

Shock

TEST BLOCK 20

Inclined or Horizontal Impact48 in/sec (4 ft/sec) (1.2 m/sec) impacts  or 3 in. (76 mm) dropsRequired
15

Shock

TEST BLOCK 24

Concentrated Edge ImpactHazard box dropped 16 in (410 mm)Required for Flat Packages Only

 

Start the Package Testing Process

Keystone Compliance can assist you in achieving the benefits of a certified package. Whether you are certain of your needs or need guidance, we are here to help. We understand Amazon.com package testing requirements and know that ASINs can be grouped to reduce testing.

As an Amazon APASS package testing lab, Keystone Compliance assists numerous companies annually with their compliance testing needs. Request a quote to find out about our short lead times, efficient report writing, and volume discounts. We look forward to partnering with you to certify your packages efficiently.

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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.

 

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 E Package Testing
Amazon SIPP Type G Package Testing
Amazon SIPP Type H Package Testing