ISTA 6 Amazon.com-SIOC Type A

Amazon Type A is for parcel delivery of individual packaged products that are less than 50 pounds (23 kg) and have a girth equal to or less than 165 inches (4.19 m). The standard handling shipping method is used for these products. The standard handling method, also referenced as floor loaded, is for individual packaged-products that are received at an Amazon.com Fulfillment Center with no pallet or with multiple packaged products on a single pallet and are intended to ship to the end consumer without a pallet. Type A products qualify for Amazon SIOC status and are tested based on the ISTA 6 SIOC Type A test sequence outlined in the chart below.

The purpose of Type A testing is to evaluate the protective performance of packaging for goods that weigh less than 50 pounds. The package will undergo testing related to vibrations, shocks, and other stresses that packages normally encounter throughout transportation to the customer. Testing samples are comprised of the package and product and are considered one whole unit. Not all shipping conditions can be tested with Type A alone as it does not allow for all conditions or any irregular handling. It can be used in conjunction with other test types, consult Keystone testing engineers for additional testing needs.

Testing Type A, B, and C differ in weight of the product.

ISTA and Amazon have identified some tangible benefits of package testing:

    • Product to market time reduction
    • Confidence in product launch
    • Reduction in damage and product loss
    • Balanced distribution costs
    • Customer satisfaction contributing to increased market share

Some additional benefits of package testing that Keystone customers experience include:

    • avoiding chargebacks
    • avoiding prep-fees
    • reducing returns
    • reducing package waste

The Basics of Amazon Type A Testing:

Testing Timeline

Request a quote from Keystone’s package testing engineers. Keystone will review your request and the current standards to provide an accurate quote. Once the quote is approved, Keystone technicians will be in contact to ensure that samples remain compliant throughout the process. See How to Submit a Sample for specific instructions. The product will undergo testing in accordance with the Testing Type requirements. After testing is completed, the vendor will receive an Amazon standard lab report that is to be submitted to Amazon for certification.

Pass/Fail Guidelines

This is a pass/fail test. Pass/fail standards will be determined prior to testing by the shipper, manufacturer, Amazon.com, and other stakeholders. They must determine the following:

  1. What constitutes damage to the product
  2. What damage tolerance level, if any, is allowable
  3. The correct methodology to determine product condition at the end of testing
  4. The acceptable package condition at the end of testing

Recertification is Required When:

  • There are any changes to packaging
  • There are changes to product design
  • Amazon observes damage during shipment to the customer

Keystone Package Testing provides vendors with the testing to certify their products to receive the benefits of Amazon’s SIOC status. With significant package testing knowledge, globally-recognized accreditation, short lead times and affordable prices, Keystone Package Testing is the best Amazon transit testing lab partner.

Request a quote here or contact us at (724) 698-2994.

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

Sequence NumberTest CategoryTest TypeTest LevelRemarks
1Atmospheric Preconditioning
TEST BLOCK 1
Temperature and HumidityLab ambient, 12 hoursRequired
2Atmospheric Conditioning
TEST BLOCK 1
Controlled Temperature and HumidityTemperature and humidity chosen from chartOptional
3Shock
TEST BLOCK 2
Free-Fall Drop9 Drops – height varies with packaged-product weightRequired
4Vibration
TEST BLOCK 12
Random With and Without Top LoadOverall Grms levels of 0.53 and 0.46Required
5Shock
TEST BLOCK 15
Free-Fall Drop8 Drops – height varies with packaged-product weight. Includes drop on hazardRequired
6Shock
TEST BLOCK 21
Rotational Edge Drop9 in (230 mm)Required for Elongated and Flat Packages
7Shock
TEST BLOCK 22
Full Rotational Flat DropVaries with packaged-product dimensionsRequired for Elongated and Flat Packages
8Shock
TEST BLOCK 23
Bridge ImpactHazard Box dropped 16 in (400 mm)Required for Elongated Packages Only
9Shock
TEST BLOCK 24
Concentrated Edge ImpactHazard Box dropped 16 in (400 mm)Required for Flat Packages Only
10Integrity
TEST BLOCK 25
Leak Test8 hoursRequired for Liquids ONLY

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