Testing
Certification

The Spark Packaging Lab’s APASS accreditation allows us to certify for global standards that ensure you can ship your product safely. Our consistent communication, attention to detail and responsiveness make us a company you can trust. And the confidentiality and security of your product and packaging are as important to us as they are to you.

 

Here’s what you need to know in simple terms.

APASS Testing

Through a partnership, Amazon and ISTA address various aspects of Amazon’s distribution process. They’ve developed package standards referred to as ISTA 6Amazon.

6-AMAZON.COM –
Overboxing

This tests an individual packaged-product weighing 70 pounds or less, being placed into a master shipping container (Overbox) either by itself with the addition of dunnage (air pillows, etc.) or with multiple individual packaged-products with dunnage for shipment from Amazon.com to an end consumer through a parcel delivery system. This challenges the capability of both package and product, whether primary package or transport package, to withstand the general damage-producing motions, forces, conditions and sequences of this environment.

6-AMAZON.COM-SIOC
(Ships In Own Container):

This test is for packaged-products shipped by Amazon.com Fulfillment Centers and delivered to final customer destinations via parcel or less-than-truckload (LTL) outbound shipment methods. This challenges the capability of both package and product to withstand transport hazards normally encountered during handling and transportation. Amazon.com vendors with items intended to utilize SIOC are encouraged to use this test to understand the protective performance of their packaging.

  • Type A – Parcel Delivery of Individual Packaged-Products Less Than 50 lbs
  • Type B – Parcel Delivery of Individual Packaged-Products 50 lbs to Less Than 100 lbs
  • Type C – Parcel Delivery of Individual Packaged-Products 100 lbs  or Greater
  • Type D – LTL Delivery of Individual Packaged-Products Less Than 100 lbs
  • Type E – LTL Delivery of Individual Packaged-Products 100 lbs or Greater
  • Type G – Parcel Delivery of Individual Packaged TV/Monitor Less Than 150 lbs and Girth Less Than 165”
  • Type H – Parcel Delivery of Individual Packaged TV/Monitor Greater Than 150 lbs and Girth Greater Than 165″

Tier 1:
Frustration-Free Packaging (FFP)

Frustration-Free Packaging is the gold standard of Amazon’s packaging certification program and provides packaging that is designed with both customers and the environment in mind. FFP certified packaging is capable of shipping in its own container in minimized, fully recyclable and easy-to-open packaging.

  • Curbside Recyclable Packaging Materials
  • Easy-To-Open
  • Minimal Packaging
  • Ships without an Amazon Overbox  (6″ x 4″ x 0.375″)
  • No Prep Required by Amazon
  • Minimal Damage/Defect Rates
  • ISTA 6-Amazon SIOC Test Compliant

Tier 2:
Ships In Own Container (SIOC)

Ships In Own Container, the second tier of certification, minimizes waste by ensuring packaging is designed to ship without the need for an Amazon overbox. Some products require additional protection using non-recyclable packaging materials such as foams to ensure minimal damage during shipment.

 

  • Ships without an Amazon Overbox  (6″ x 4″ x 0.375″)
  • No Prep Required by Amazon
  • Minimal Damage/Defect Rates
  • ISTA 6-Amazon SIOC Test Compliant

Tier 3:
Prep-Free Packaging (PFP)

Prep-Free Packaging, the third tier of certification, is designed for items that are not capable of shipping in their own container (i.e. liquid product that is not six-sided) requiring an Amazon applied overbox. A certified PFP package is designed to ship effectively without the need for Amazon to apply additional prep to prevent damage or leakage.

 

  • Ships in an Amazon Overbox
  • No Prep Required by Amazon
  • Minimal Damage/Defect Rates
  • ISTA 6-Amazon OVERBOX Test Compliant

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