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Available packaging tests

Available packaging tests

Find the packaging tests you need.

Find the packaging tests
you need.

All testing conducted at our lab is exclusively for FedEx customers. While most of our customers' packaging issues can be resolved through complimentary testing, we also offer advanced, bulk, and expedited testing to meet specific needs. We charge a nominal fee for these additional services. 

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Complimentary distribution testing

Choose your test and apply for package testing.

FedEx Express or FedEx
Ground up to 150 lbs.
FedEx Express 150 lbs.
or more
FedEx Freight® LTL
 
ISTA 6-FedEx-A* ISTA 6-FedEx-B* ISTA 3B*

*Complimentary tests

FedEx Express or FedEx
Ground up to 150 lbs.
FedEx Express 150 lbs.
or more
FedEx Freight® LTL
 
Not applicable for
network or
shipment type
ISTA 6-FedEx-B*
Containment
measurement
ISTA 3B*
Containment
measurement
FedEx Express or FedEx
Ground up to 150 lbs.
FedEx Express 150 lbs.
or more
FedEx Freight® LTL
 
Tensile Test
Tear Test
Falling Dart Impact Test
Not applicable for
network or
shipment type
Not applicable for
network or
shipment type
FedEx Express or FedEx
Ground up to 150 lbs.
FedEx Express 150 lbs.
or more
FedEx Freight® LTL
 
Stiffness Test
Burst Test

Not applicable for
network or
shipment type
Not applicable for
network or
shipment type
FedEx Express or FedEx
Ground up to 150 lbs.
FedEx Express 150 lbs.
or more
FedEx Freight® LTL
 
ISTA 6-FedEx-A* ISTA 6-FedEx-B* ISTA 3B*

*Complimentary tests

FedEx Express or FedEx
Ground up to 150 lbs.
FedEx Express 150 lbs.
or more
FedEx Freight® LTL
 
ASTM D6653 Altitude Test Unavailable Unavailable

Packaging containing dangerous goods or hazardous materials cannot be tested. Exceptions are packages that contain dry ice as the only dangerous goods component.

Instead, simulate hazardous materials using sand, water, or dummy products in the exact same configuration, same weight, and same packaging as the normal shipment. However, substitution tests do not meet any regulatory compliance or certification requirements for hazardous materials.

Packaging design services are not available for dangerous goods, clinicals, or hazardous materials.

FedEx offers help and tools for packaging dangerous goods. You can also call 1.800.463.3339 and say “dangerous goods.”

ISTA 6-FedEx-A  — FedEx Express & FedEx Ground

ISTA 6-FedEx-B  — FedEx Express (Air Freight)

ISTA 3B  — FedEx Freight (LTL)

See details on free tests for FedEx account holders.

(For ISTA 6-FedEx-A , ISTA 6-FedEx-B, and ISTA 3B )

Send up to 40 packages and your results will typically arrive within our standard four–six business-day turnaround. For bulk testing of more than 40 packages, turnaround time will be longer. Request a quote for bulk distribution testing.

Get results on a small parcel test within two business days.

Get results on freight tests within three business days.

Request a quote for expedited distribution package testing.

Non-simulation Integrity Performance Tests
ISTA 1A (packages less than 150 lbs)
ISTA 1B (packages 150 lbs. or more)

Partial Simulation Integrity Performance Tests
ISTA 2A (packages less than 150 lbs.)
ISTA 2B (packages 150 lbs. or more)

General Simulation Integrity Performance Test 
ISTA 3A (packages less than 150 lbs.) 

Custom Distribution Channel Performance Test
ASTM D4169 

Freight Tests per NMFC standards for LTL shipping
NMFC Rule 180 (freight)
NMFC Rule 181 (furniture)

Package design services are complimentary to FedEx account holders. Depending on your needs, the service can include written recommendations or a prototype sample with CAD drawings.

Industry and employee memberships

Industry and employee memberships

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Certifications and registrations

Certifications and registrations

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Need a consultation?

We offer consulting and engineering services, including on-site evaluations. Contact your FedEx sales representative to learn more.

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Need help with unique or one-time packaging questions?

Call 1.800.633.7019.