To enrol in the programme, begin by reviewing your current catalog then evaluate and update your packaging design to meet the Ships in Product Packaging requirements outlined below.
Flexible Ships in Product Packaging (SIPP)
Flexible SIPP products are packaged with flexible exterior such as plastic or paper bags, and rigid or padded mailers that are sealed and the packaging material is at least 2 millimeters thick.
Rigid Ships in Product Packaging (SIPP)
Rigid SIPP products are items shipped in rigid, six-sided packaging such as boxes.
Learn more about Flexible and Rigid SIPP packaging requirements.
Evaluate the ASINs that are eligible to be grouped and certified by a single test report. Eligible products should be grouped based on size, weight, material, packaging, product to packaging ratio, pack quantity with a few exceptions.
Learn More about Product Grouping for Ships in Product Packaging.
To enrol products and qualify for the SIPP programme, all packaging must pass physical performance tests through a self-drop test or International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) 6 lab test. Once the packaging has been updated to meet SIPP requirements, test the largest/heaviest ASIN in the group. Amazon has partnered with the ISTA to develop comprehensive test methods for items in both rigid and flexible packaging that simulate the journey of a package through the Amazon fulfilment network.
3a. Determine if you can self-test or have an ISTA 6 lab test your packaging
- Self-test: Applicable if product is non-fragile, and does not contain liquids or sharp items.
- ISTA 6 Lab Test: If your product is fragile, OR contains sharp items, OR contains liquids, you cannot self-test. You will need to submit an ISTA-6A lab report from an ISTA-6 lab in Amazon’s APASS network for certification.
There are 2 main steps to completing the self-test. For flexible packaging, there is an additional step to ensure material strength of the packaging. Pre-test and post-test photos of packaging and item are required for both rigid and flexible packaging. Step 3d provides further instructions on photo requirements.
Learn more for detailed self-testing instructions.
3c. Evaluate product and packaging after self-testing
After self-testing is complete, the packaging must pass the below two steps to determine if the product can be certified.
3d. Document results from self-testing
After the drop test and evaluation is complete, record the post-test images. Five photos of rigid packaging and six photos of flexible packaging are required as follows:
Review the step-by-step guide to enrol through Seller Central here.
Is there a difference between Ships in Product Packaging (SIPP) and Ships in Own Container (SIOC)?
No, the packaging certification standards for SIPP are the same as SIOC. We have recently rebranded to Ships in Product Packaging (SIPP) to better reflect the programme’s objective to selling partners and customers.
Which marketplaces is the SIPP programme available in?
The SIPP programme is available to sellers who use FBA that sell into these seven marketplaces: Canada, United States, and France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Are Customers notified that their product will be shipped as Ships in Product Packaging?
Yes, customers will see a message that indicates that the ASIN can ship in its own packaging during checkout for ASINs that are SIPP certified. When a customer adds a SIPP certified item from the Amazon website to their shopping cart, they are presented with a concealment option for the majority of products at check-out and they can choose to add Amazon packaging (“Ships in Amazon Packaging”) at no additional cost. Sellers receive incentives for the ASINs that are enroled and SIPP certified by the seller, regardless of whether the customers choose to add Amazon packaging. Please see this page to learn more about the SIPP customer experience.
Which of my ASINs are eligible for SIPP?
ASINs that fulfil the SIPP requirements and sold in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom marketplaces are eligible. Once enrolment is available through Seller Central, you will be able to search ASINs you are interested in enroling to determine their eligibility.
Will an ASIN enroled in the SIPP programme always be shipped without Amazon-added packaging?
If a SIPP certified ASIN is shipped with one or more other items as part of a customer order, it may be placed in an Amazon box, bag or envelope to preserve customer experience and reduce the number of individual packages they receive. Sellers receive incentives for the ASIN that is SIPP certified, regardless of whether it is shipped as a single item or with one or more items.
How do I enrol an ASIN into SIPP?
Do I need to conduct separate testing to certify all variations of the ASIN that is being tested?
No, you do not need to conduct separate testing for all the variations of an ASIN. You can evaluate the ASINs that are eligible to be grouped and certified by a single test report. Eligible products should be grouped based on size, weight, material, packaging, product to packaging ratio, pack quantity with a few exceptions. Learn more about the guidelines for grouping ASINs here.
What is the FBA fulfilment fees discount rate that I will receive?
The discount rate is dependent on the size and weight of the product as used to charge FBA fulfilment fees. You can find the specific discount on the 2024 FBA Fulfilment Fees page.
Why are some of ASINs already shipping without Amazon-added packaging?
In our effort to reduce packaging waste, Amazon’s fulfilment network has a programme that utilises machine learning to identify, test, and then certify SIPP compliant ASINs without sellers needing to take any action. ASINs certified in this way will also qualify for the discounted FBA fulfilment fee when shipped to customers. There is no further action required from sellers to obtain the discounts on already SIPP certified ASINs. ASINs SIPP certified before Feb 5, 2024 will automatically receive the discounted FBA fulfilment fees in CA, US, FR, DE, IT, ES and UK marketplaces starting on Feb 5, 2024.
How does the SIPP discount apply after I enrol an ASIN?
When you enrol ASINs that are not currently SIPP certified, you will be asked to provide the certification date in the Seller Central SIPP portal before the request is reviewed by Amazon. The certification date should be chosen based upon the first arrival date of your SIPP compliant product to Amazon Fulfilment Centres. Once your enrolment request has been approved, discounts will apply on units that are received at Amazon Fulfilment Centres after the ASIN certification date you provided. No discounts will apply on units received before the certification date. ASINs SIPP certified before Feb 5, 2024 will automatically receive the discounted FBA fulfilment fees in CA, US, FR, DE, IT, ES and UK marketplaces starting on Feb 5, 2024.
For SIPP ASINs, are there any changes in the shipping requirements to send products to Amazon?
No, you will continue to inbound SIPP-certified ASINs to Amazon Fulfilment Centres in the same manner as before, while ensuring that their packaging meets the standards specified in the SIPP guidelines. Each unit of a SIPP-certified product that is inbounded needs to have an exterior scannable label per the labeling guidelines on Seller Central.
Are SIPP ASINs eligible for the Climate Pledge Friendly (CPF) Badge?
SIPP is not part of the Climate Pledge Friendly programme. In order to be eligible for the Climate Pledge Friendly badge, your ASIN must have one of the qualifying certifications for that programme. For more information, please see the CPF programme certification page.