Amazon SIPP (Ships in Product Packaging) Type A Package Testing

The Amazon Ships in Product Packaging (SIPP) certification stands as a pivotal requirement for a wide array of packaging solutions. This certification is grounded in a comprehensive simulation test, developed by the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA), known as ISTA-6.

The Amazon Type A testing protocol is specifically designed for the parcel delivery of products packaged individually. Such products are restricted to a maximum weight of 50 pounds (23 kilograms) and a maximum girth of 165 inches (4.19 meters), adhering to conventional shipping methodologies.

Achieving certification through the Amazon packaging test is a crucial milestone for inclusion in Seller Central. The SIPP initiative incorporates a variety of packaging stipulations, including the utilization of recycled content, the facilitation of easy package opening, and the minimization of waste, all in alignment with Amazon’s commitment to frustration-free fulfillment.

ISTA 6 SIPP Type A Verification Process

The ISTA-6 Type A verification process encompasses a series of rigorous physical assessments, including drop, vibration, compression, and climate conditioning tests, as necessitated by Amazon. These evaluations are designed to replicate the conditions that packages encounter within Amazon’s logistical network, ensuring resilience and integrity up to the point of delivery to the customer.

For Amazon vendors and sellers, securing this certification and registering on Seller Central—or within the Amazon vendor framework—is indispensable. Certification mitigates chargebacks and optimizes the logistical efficiency of Amazon’s fulfillment process. Additionally, certified vendors and sellers experience reduced return rates and the elimination or reduction of preparation fees, obviating the need for supplementary packaging preparations.

Certification is mandated under four primary circumstances:

  • Introduction of a new product or packaging to the Amazon marketplace
  • Modifications to an existing product’s design
  • Amendments in Amazon’s packaging criteria necessitating re-certification
  • Observation of damage during transit to the customer
  • The benefits of undergoing the packaging testing protocol are manifold, including accelerated market entry, optimized distribution costs, diminished product damage and loss, improved customer satisfaction, and a bolstered confidence in product launches.

Criteria for Unacceptable Packaging

Amazon’s assessment criteria for packaging acceptability are stringent, focusing on performance during testing protocols. Packages characterized by certain features, such as non-taped, 123 or auto-bottom constructions, protrusions like tuck flaps, tabs, and handles, or any design leaving the product partially or entirely exposed, are deemed unacceptable. Furthermore, packaging that compromises structural integrity due to inadequate strength, or designs deviating from the traditional six-sided construction, will be disqualified.

Amazon SIPP Type A Pass/Fail Determinants

The criteria for passing or failing the SIPP Type A testing regimen are established through a collaborative pre-testing process involving the shipper, manufacturer, Amazon, and other pertinent stakeholders.

This collaborative effort aims to delineate clear standards for acceptable post-test packaging conditions, damage thresholds, and methodologies for assessing product integrity post-testing, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of certification requirements.

Overview of the ISTA-6 Type A Test Plan

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

Sequence Number Test Category Test Type Test Level Remarks
1 Atmospheric Preconditioning

TEST BLOCK 1

Temperature and Humidity Lab ambient, 12 hours Required
2 Atmospheric Conditioning

TEST BLOCK 1

Controlled Temperature and Humidity Temperature and humidity chosen from chart Optional
3 Shock

TEST BLOCK 2

Free-Fall Drop 9 Drops – height varies with packaged-product weight Required
4 Vibration

TEST BLOCK 12

Random With and Without Top Load Overall Grms levels of 0.53 and 0.46 Required
5 Shock

TEST BLOCK 15

Free-Fall Drop 8 Drops – height varies with packaged-product weight. Includes drop on hazard Required
6 Shock

TEST BLOCK 21

Rotational Edge Drop 9 in (230 mm) Required for Elongated and Flat Packages
7 Shock

TEST BLOCK 22

Full Rotational Flat Drop Varies with packaged-product dimensions Required for Elongated and Flat Packages
8 Shock

TEST BLOCK 23

Bridge Impact Hazard Box dropped 16 in (400 mm) Required for Elongated Packages Only
9 Shock

TEST BLOCK 24

Concentrated Edge Impact Hazard Box dropped 16 in (400 mm) Required for Flat Packages Only
10 Integrity

TEST BLOCK 25

Leak Test 8 hours Required for Liquids ONLY

 

Expert Ships in Product Packaging (SIPP) Testing

If you’re ready to begin, start by requesting a quote from us. If you’re uncertain, contact us for guidance. We understand the requirements deeply and can advise on grouping ASINs to reduce testing. Our lab is equipped with multiple shakers, temperature chambers, and other test equipment. We can test individual products as well as entire pallets.

Keystone Package Testing is ISTA and ISO-17025 accredited, offering quick scheduling and report turnaround. We assist with testing failures and offer volume discounts.

 

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

Amazon SIPP Type B
Amazon SIPP Type C
Amazon SIPP Type D
Amazon SIPP Type E
Amazon SIPP Type F
Amazon SIPP Type G
Amazon SIPP Type H