International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) Packaging Test

Overview

UL offers ISTA packaging tests to assess the security of goods during transport, so retailers and manufacturers can feel confident that packaging is up to the job, thus reducing product loss and customer complaints.

UL labs in China, Italy and the U.S. are all ISTA Certified Testing Laboratories, enabling UL to provide the documentation and test reports necessary for the ISTA Transit Tested certification on packaging.

We can test a variety of packaging for products, such as glassware, household and premium items, medical devices, ready-to-assemble furniture, apparel and other furnishings.

Definition

ISTA packaging tests assess the security of goods during transport by using vibration, impact, drop and temperature testing. This testing mimics transportation conditions to gauge the likelihood of goods being damaged during transit.

Benefits

The advantages of ISTA packaging testing include potential reductions in product loss due to breakage and damage during shipping. Testing during the product development phase can help avoid potential losses that may be more costly to remediate later in the development cycle.

ISTA packaging testing may also produce cost savings due to a reduction in product losses during transit. Secure packaging may also decrease complaints and replacement claims from retailers and customers who receive damaged products.


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PRODUCTS THIS SERVICE APPLIES TO

Glassware, dishware, lamps and lighting, toys, premium items, furniture and medical devices

APPLICABLE STANDARDS

1 Series: Non-Simulation Integrity Performance Tests:

1A: Packaged-Products weighing 150 lb (68 kg) or Less

1B: Packaged-Products weighing Over 150 lb (68 kg)

1C: Extended Testing for Individual Packaged-Products weighing 150 lb (68 kg) or Less

1D: Extended Testing for Individual Packaged-Products weighing Over 150 lb (68 kg)

1E: Unitized Loads

1G Packaged-Products weighing 150 lb (68 kg) or Less (Random Vibration) *

1H Packaged-Products weighing Over 150 lb (68 kg) (Random Vibration) *

 

2 Series: Partial Simulation Performance Tests:

2A Packaged-Products weighing 150 lb (68 kg) or Less

2B Packaged-Products weighing Over 150 lb (68 kg)

2C Furniture Packages *

 

3 Series: General Simulation Performance Tests:

3A Packaged-Products for Parcel Delivery System Shipment weighing 70kg (150 lb) or Less *

3B Packaged-Products for Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) Shipment *

3E Similar Packaged-Products in Unitized Loads for Truckload Shipment *

3F Packaged-Products in Mixed Pallet Loads for Regional Shipment, 100 lb (45 kg) or Less *

3K Fast-Moving Consumer Goods in the European Retail Supply Chain *

 

4 Series: Enhanced Simulation Performance Tests:

4AB Project: Packaged-Products for Shipment in Known Distribution Channels *

 

6 Series: Member Performance Test:

6-AMAZON.com-Over Boxing Project: e-Commerce Fulfillment for Parcel Delivery Shipment *

6-AMAZON.com-SIOC Project: Ships in Own Container (SIOC) for Amazon.com Distribution System Shipment *

6-FedEx-A FedEx-Procedures for Testing Packaged Products Weighing Up to 150 lb (domestic and international) *

6-FedEx-B FedEx-Procedures for Testing Packaged Products Weighing More Than 150 lb (domestic and international) *

6-SAMSCLUB Project-Packaged-Products for Sam's Club Distribution System Shipment

 

7 Series: Development Tests:

7D Temperature Test for Transport Packaging

 

* Services available only in U.S and China

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