ISTA Certification

ISTA certification allows program participants to use the « Transit tested » certification mark.  This mark proves to carriers and customers your certified package meets one of the ISTA standards.

To be allowed to use the ISTA certification mark shippers must:

  • Get their package tested by an ISTA accredited lab, such as Micom, to one of the ISTA test procedure
  • The product manufacturer must become an ISTA member for a minimal fee
  • Once a member, there is no additional per package fee for an ISTA certification.
  • The test lab must complete a test report form and submit it to ISTA
  • ISTA reviews the test report and then confirms ISTA certification

The benefits of the ISTA certification mark are as follows:

  • Obtain a package that will adequately its content against distribution hazards
  • Reduce the need for live  shipments to validate a packaging concept
  • Facilitate your claims settlement with carriers
  • Increased customer satisfaction
  • Lower freight insurance rates

Micom can provide you with the testing necessary to obtain the ISTA for the following standards:

ISTA 1A – Packaged Products Weighing 150 lbs or Less

ISTA 1B – Packaged Products Weighing Over 150 lbs

ISTA 1C – Extended Testing for Individual Packaged Products Weighing 150 lbs or Less

ISTA 1D – Extended Testing for Individual Packaged Products Weighing Over 150 lbs

ISTA 1E – Unitized Loads

ISTA 1G – Packaged Products Weighing 150 lbs or Less (Random Vibration)

ISTA 1H – Packaged Products Weighing Over 150 lbs (Random Vibration)

ISTA 2A – Packaged Products Weighing 150 lbs or Less ISTA 2B – Packaged Products Weighing Over 150 lbs

ISTA 2C – Furniture Packages

ISTA 3A – Packaged Products for Parcel Delivery System Shipment weighing 150 lbs or less

ISTA 3B – Packaged Products for Less Than Truckload (LTL) Shipment

ISTA 3E – Unitized Load of Same Product

ISTA 3F – Packaged Products for Distribution Center to Retail Outlet Shipment, 100 lb or Less

ISTA 3H – Products or Packaged Products in Mechanically Handled Bulk Transport Containers

ISTA 3K – Fast Moving Consumer Goods in the European Retail Supply Chain

ISTA 4AB – Packaged Products for Shipment in Known Distribution Channels

ISTA 6FEDEX-A – FedEx Procedure – Packaged Products Weighing up to 150 lbs

ISTA 6FEDEX-B – FedEx Procedure – Packaged Products Weighing more than 150 lbs

ISTA 6-SAMSCLUB – Packaged Products FOR Sam’s Club Distribution System Shipment ISTA 6-Amazon.com – Packaged Products for Amazon.com Distribution System Shipment

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