What is the International Safe Transit Association?

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What is the International Safe Transit Association?
What is the International Safe Transit Association?

In the short of it, the International Safe Transit Association is the association that helps keep all of your packages (essentially your revenue) safe.

In the long of it, here a few notes to have about the ISTA – International Safe Transit Association.

1. The International Safe Transit Association: Keeping your packages safe from point A to point B and beyond!

2. Sending something fragile? Leave it to the International Safe Transit Association to get it there in one piece.

3. No matter the size or shape of your package, the International Safe Transit Association has got your back.

4. Trust the International Safe Transit Association to handle your packages with the care and safety they deserve.

5. The International Safe Transit Association: Your one-stop-shop for all your shipping needs.

6. With the International Safe Transit Association, there’s no need to worry about broken packages or lost shipments.

7. Whether it’s across the country or around the world, the International Safe Transit Association will deliver your packages with ease.

8. You can sleep soundly knowing that your valuable items are in the safe hands of the International Safe Transit Association.

9. Don’t sweat the small stuff – let the International Safe Transit Association handle your shipping needs.

10. And lastly, the International Safe Transit Association: The gold standard for safe and secure package delivery.


At Purple Diamond, our goal is to supply the guidance needed to ensure the proper ISTA test protocol selection is made when assessing your packaged products’ potential distribution hazards. The engineers at Purple Diamond understand your testing needs may be mandated or driven by regulatory application, where testing requirements can seem overwhelming or unclear. Whatever your testing rationale, we’re here to guide you in making the best test plan for your packaged products specific distribution environment.

Purple Diamond works in compliance with ISTA standards to evaluate your packaged products. Our team is committed to delivering high-quality results as we develop a comprehensive solution to your specific package testing needs.

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ISTA 1 SERIES: Non-Simulation Integrity Performance Tests – This testing protocol challenges product and package hazard durability.

ISTA 2 SERIES: Partial Simulation Performance Tests – This testing protocol combines basic test elements of ISTA 1 (Non-Simulation Integrity Performance Tests) and ISTA 3 (General Simulation Performance Tests).

ISTA 3 SERIES: General Simulation Performance Tests – This testing protocol accounts for a broad range of vehicle and transportation variations.

  • Procedure 3A – Packaged-Products for Parcel Delivery System Shipment 150 lb (70 kg) or Less (Standard, Small, Flat, and Elongated Packages) – Packaged-product testing for distribution through the parcel delivery system weighing one hundred and fifty pounds or less with four specific package types: standard, small, flat, and elongated.
  • Procedure 3B – Packaged-Products for Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) Shipment (Standard, Cylindrical, and Palletized or Skidded) – Packaged-product testing for distribution through a motor carrier delivery system, where products are mixed in the same load, often from various shippers and intended for different destinations. Labeled as Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) and appropriate for four different package types: standard two hundred pounds or less, standard over two hundred pounds, cylindrical, and palletized.
  • Procedure 3E – Similar Packaged-Products in Unitized Loads for Truckload Shipment – Simulation tests for similar packaged-products in unitized loads for truckload distribution.
  • Procedure 3F – Packaged-Products for Distribution Center to Retail Outlet Shipment 100 lb (45 kg) or Less (Mixed Pallet Configuration) – Simulation tests for packaged-products weighing one hundred pounds or less shipped as individual packages from distribution to a retail outlet.
  • Procedure 3H – Mechanically Handled Bulk Transport Containers – Simulation tests for mechanically handled bulk transport containers.
  • Procedure 3K – Fast Moving Consumer Goods for the European Retail Supply Chain – Simulation tests for fast moving packaged-products shipped through the multiple-retail supply chain environment in Europe, both shelf ready and non-shelf ready packages including shipment of store-specific mixed loads in roll cages or mixed pallets.

ISTA 4 SERIES: Enhanced Simulation Performance Tests – This testing protocol covers twelve different package types.

  • Procedure 4AB – Enhanced Simulation Performance Test Plans (Web-Based Software Application) – Packaged-products for shipment in known distribution channels.

ISTA 6 SERIES: Member Performance Tests – This testing protocol, performed by members to meet specific purpose and application, works in compliance with other published and accepted test methods.

  • 6-FEDEX-A – FedEx Procedures for Testing Packaged Products Weighing Up to 150 lbs – FedEx procedures for testing packaged-products weighing up to one hundred and fifty pounds (domestic and international).
  • 6-FEDEX-B – FedEx Procedures for Testing Packaged Products Weighing Over 150 lbs – FedEx procedures for testing packaged-products weighing more than one hundred and fifty pounds (domestic and international).
  • Project 6 AMAZON.COM SIOC – Ships in Own Container (SIOC) for Amazon.com Distribution System Shipment (A-H) – General simulation test for packaged-products shipped through Amazon.com distribution system by vendors to Amazon fulfillment centers to final customer destinations via parcel or less-than-truckload.
  • Type A – Parcel delivery of individual packaged-products, standard handling method, less than 50 lbs, and girth equal or less than 165”
  • Type B – Parcel delivery of individual packaged-products, standard handling method, 50 lbs to less than 100 lbs, and girth equal to or less than 165”
  • Type C – Parcel delivery of individual packaged-products, standard handling method, 100 lbs or greater, and girth equal to or less than 165”
  • Type D – Less-than-truckload (LTL) delivery of individual packaged-products, standard handling method, less than 100 lbs, or girth greater than 165”
  • Type E – Less-than-truckload (LTL) delivery of individual packaged-products, standard handling method, 100 lbs or greater, or girth greater than 165”
  • Type F – Less-than-truckload (LTL) delivery of individual packaged-products, pallet handling method
  • Type G – TV/Monitor, parcel delivery of individual packaged-products, standard handling method, less than 150 lbs, and girth equal to or less than 165”
  • Type H – TV/Monitor, less-than-truckload (LTL) delivery or individual packaged-products, standard-handling method, 150 lbs or greater, or girth greater than 165”

ISTA 7 SERIES: Development Tests – This testing protocol is used in the development of transport packages.

Why Purple Diamond?

At Purple Diamond, we offer a free consultation or a guided tour of our facilities. If you’re nearby, feel free to drop by and see our packaging and team. Consultations can be done over the phone or on zoom, so choose what suits you best. To get in touch, go to our Contact Us page and fill out the form or book an appointment using the calendar below the form. Our goal is to assist you in any way possible, so please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our website contact form is located at www.purple-diamond.com/contact-us, but we promise to get back to you soon, no matter which method of communication you choose. 

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