The Applus+ Laboratories packaging laboratory in Barcelona is one of the few labs in Spain certified to test ISTA standards, used by the main logistics, distribution and e-commerce companies, including Amazon and FedEx, amongst others. 


The ISTA (International Safe Transit Association) testing standards represent the main benchmark in the packaging industry. They serve to prevent the main problems related to the transport and distribution of all types of products. 

Applus+ Laboratories has an advanced laboratory dedicated to testing the characteristics of containers and packages, as well as simulating the transport of products, including hazardous materials. Located in Barcelona, it is one of just a few Spanish laboratories certified to test ISTA standards. 

Testing capabilities: 

  • Vibrations
  • Shock
  • Compression testing
  • Side impact testing
  • Tilt testing
  • Environmental stress


ISTA test types:

(font ISTA website):

  • 1 Series: Non-Simulation Integrity Performance Tests. 
  • 2 Series: Partial Simulation Performance Tests 
  • 3 Series: General Simulation Performance Tests. 
  • 4 Series: Enhanced Simulation Performance Tests. 
  • 5 Series: Focused Simulation Guides **NOT AN ACTIVE SERIES** 
  • 6 Series: Member Performance Tests: 
  • 7 Series: Development Tests. 


ISTA Test Procedures

(font ISTA website)


Distribution Type Package Type
150 lbs. (68 kg) or Less Over 150 lbs. (68 kg) Pallet Load
Parcel Delivery 3A, 6-FedEx-A Not Applicable Not Applicable
LTL (Less-Than-Truckload) Delivery 3B 3B, 6-FedEx-B 3B, 6-FedEx-B
Manufacturing to Distribution Center Not Applicable Not Applicable 3E
Distribution Center to Retail 3F Not Applicable Not Applicable
eCommerce shipments fulfilled by retailer Boxing, Not Applicable
eCommerce shipments direct from manufacturer to consumer 3A 3B 3B
Club Store 6-Sams Club 6-Sams Club 6-Sams Club
European Consumer Goods 3K Not Applicable Not Applicable
Specialized Furniture 2C 2C 2C
Thermal Testing 7D, 7E 7D, 7E Situational
Bulk/Automotive Reusable Not Applicable Not Applicable 3H
Custom Test Building 4AB 4AB 4AB
Preliminary Design Screening Test 1A, 1C, 1G 1B, 1D, 1H 1E
Partial Simulation 2A 2B Not Applicable




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