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

The Amazon SIPP (Ships in Product Packaging) Type B package certification is of paramount importance for vendors and sellers aiming to streamline their delivery process. For packages to qualify for the Type B testing method, they must weigh between 50 and 100 pounds and maintain a girth not exceeding 165 inches. Typically dispatched via standard shipping methods, such as parcel delivery, these packages are an essential component of Amazon’s initiative to reduce packaging waste and enhance customer satisfaction by eliminating the need for over-boxing.

Type B packaging is crucial within the SIPP program, designed to navigate through Amazon’s logistical network directly to consumers, supporting Amazon’s frustration-free packaging goals. This initiative emphasizes ease of opening, the incorporation of recycled materials, and the minimization of waste through optimized packaging size and weight.

ISTA 6 SIPP Type B Verification Process

The ISTA 6 SIPP Type B verification process aims to rigorously assess the protective capabilities of a package. Developed in collaboration between Amazon and the International Safe Transit Authority (ISTA), these tests subject packages to various stress tests including vibration, shock, and drop tests, with preconditioning applied when necessary.

This verification process is meticulously designed to mirror the physical challenges packages face within Amazon’s fulfillment environment, evaluating both the packaging and its contents for potential damage.

To assist sellers and vendors in navigating these requirements, Amazon has established the Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier Network (APASS), which includes accredited labs like Keystone Package Testing.

These labs are proficient in the nuances of package testing requirements, registration on Seller Central, and preparation standards, thereby facilitating seamless vendor enrollment and package testing for Amazon.

Necessity of Package Certification

Certification becomes imperative under the following circumstances:

  • Launching new products or packaging on Amazon.
  • Implementing design changes to existing products.
  • Adapting to new Amazon packaging requirements that render previous exemptions void.
  • Addressing observed shipping damages to customers by Amazon.

The benefits of undergoing package testing are significant, including expedited market entry, optimized distribution costs, minimized product damage and loss, improved customer satisfaction, and bolstered confidence in product launches.

Criteria for Unacceptable Packaging

Amazon maintains rigorous packaging standards to ensure safe and sustainable product delivery. The evaluation of packaging focuses on its ability to withstand specific tests, emphasizing durability and protective capability.

Certain design features automatically disqualify packaging, including:

  • Boxes lacking tape, which are crucial for sealing and security.
  • Packaging with protruding elements such as tuck flaps, tabs, and handles that pose risks of catching or tearing.


Moreover, Amazon prohibits:

  • Packaging that exposes the product through cut-outs.
  • The utilization of plastic bags or non-protective coverings.
  • Packaging that deforms under stress, indicating inadequate strength.
  • Non-standard boxes that lack a six-sided construction.

These standards underscore Amazon’s dedication to delivering quality experiences while advocating for environmentally responsible packaging practices.

Amazon SIPP Type B Pass/Fail Determinants

Determining the pass/fail criteria for Type B certification involves a collaborative pre-test dialogue among shippers, manufacturers, Amazon, and other relevant stakeholders. This collaboration aims to clearly define parameters for acceptable post-test packaging conditions. It also seeks to establish damage thresholds and methodologies for assessing the condition of the product. This ensures a comprehensive and unified approach to packaging certification.

Overview of the ISTA-6 Type B Test Plan

The test plan for Amazon Type B packages encompasses 13 sequence numbers.

Type B – Parcel Delivery of Individual Packaged-Products 50 lb (23 kg) to Less Than 100 lb (43 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 tableOptional
3Shock

TEST BLOCK 2

Free-Fall Drop9 Drops – height varies with packaged-product weightRequired
4Shock

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
5Compression, Vertical

TEST BLOCK 9

Test in the intended shipping orientation or most stable orientationCalculated from formula, Maintain force for 1 hourRequired, Machine, or weights & load spreader
6Compression, 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)
7Vibration

TEST BLOCK 12

Random With and Without Top LoadOverall Grms levels of 0.53 and 0.46Required
8Shock

TEST BLOCK 15

Free-Fall Drop8 Drops – height varies with packaged-product weight. Includes drop on hazardRequired
9Shock

TEST BLOCK 21

Rotational Edge Drop9 in (230 mm)Required for Elongated and Flat Packages
10Shock

TEST BLOCK 22

Full Rotational Flat DropVaries with packaged-product dimensionsRequired for Elongated and Flat Packages
11Shock

TEST BLOCK 23

Bridge ImpactHazard Box dropped 16 in (400 mm)Required for Elongated Packages Only
12Shock

TEST BLOCK 24

Concentrated Edge ImpactHazard Box dropped 16 in (400 mm)Required for Flat Packages Only
13Integrity

TEST BLOCK 25

Leak Test8 hoursRequired for Liquids ONLY

Keystone Can Help You Get SIPP Certified

To begin the certification process and enjoy the benefits of a certified package, you can request a quote 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 Package Testing works with numerous companies annually to assist with compliance testing needs. We are eager to help you certify your packages through our efficient and streamlined process.

Let’s get started!

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:

 

APASS SIPP Overview
Amazon SIPP Type A
Amazon SIPP Type C
Amazon SIPP Type D
Amazon SIPP Type E
Amazon SIPP Type F
Amazon SIPP Type G
Amazon SIPP Type H