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Amazon partners with brands around the world to reduce brand-supplied packaging and the need for Amazon to add additional protective packaging.
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Step 2

Test and certify

Certifying items with Amazon requires the packaging to pass a physical performance test. Amazon has partnered with the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) to develop comprehensive test methods for items in both rigid and flexible packaging that accurately simulate the journey of a package through the Amazon fulfillment network. Amazon offers the option to self-test for all packaging types.
Test and certify
Test methods, instructional videos, and resources to perform rigid and flexible packaging certification testing for Amazon.
NEW Flexible packaging self-certifications
Items in flexible packaging are now eligible for certification! To conduct self-testing, read the Amazon packaging guidelines and watch the two videos linked below for items that are shipped in flexible packaging (i.e. bags, carton envelopes, and padded mailers).
Rigid packaging self-certifications
To conduct self-testing on a non-fragile, rigid product less than 50lbs, read the Amazon packaging guidelines and watch the two videos linked below: self-testing part 1 and part 2.
Amazon Packaging Lab
For fragile products that weigh less than 50lbs, the Amazon Packaging Lab is also available to all Vendors to complete the ISTA 6A testing method. Learn how to submit your products for testing at Amazon.
Third-party certification
There are multiple third-party labs around the world that can help test and certify Vendors' packaging as Ships in Own Container (SIOC) or Frustration Free Packaging (FFP) (including fragile products). Leverage a resource in the Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier Network (APASS) network.
  • In addition to the Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier Network (APASS), Vendors looking for external testing services to perform the ISTA 6-Amazon SIOC or Overboxing test methods can leverage the Find a Lab search tool located here.
  • The APASS network provides a list of companies and labs that can help test, design, and supply packaging in line with Amazon’s packaging certification guidelines. All companies on this list have received guidance from Amazon and many have worked with manufacturers to achieve packaging solutions that meet our standards.
Testing forms
Test methods and resources to perform packaging certification testing for Amazon.
Move on to step 3
Now that Vendors have tested and certified ASIN, move to the next step: Enroll

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