ISTA Standards for Testing Packaging Reliability [Podcast]Sofeast’s head of New Product Development, Andrew Amirnovin, talks about ISTA standards for testing packaging like shipping cartons.

Any importer shipping product from country to country by road, rail, air, or sea needs to consider the impact that transit will have on shipping cartons. Luckily, the ISTA standards and their sequences of tests allow importers to gain valuable peace of mind that their cartons are up to the task of protecting their valuable products.


Listen here to our discussion about ISTA standards and testing!

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Episode sections

  • 00:00 – Greetings and introducing the topic of ISTA package testing.
  • 03:02 – Who is ISTA and what testing standards do they offer?
  • 09:28 – ISTA-1a.
  • 10:34 – ISTA-2a.
  • 15:46 – ISTA-3a.
  • 18:49 – Is ISTA testing mandatory?
  • 19:47 – What does it cost?
  • 22:26 – What does an ISTA test pass actually mean?
  • 24:28 – What if your package fails the test?
  • 26:01 – When should importers start thinking about packaging options?
  • 29:33 – Do the tests require real product samples to be used?
  • 31:19 – Wrapping up.


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