It is highly recommended that shippers conduct some type of package performance test to verify the effectiveness of its packaging. Testing will determine if it will withstand the normal rigors of transportation and protect its contents (product). The primary advantage of pre-shipment performance testing is it provides the opportunity to evaluate the product protection performance of the packaging and to make any necessary changes to the packaging prior to a larger implementation.
Conducting pre-shipment performance tests in a laboratory setting will assist in evaluating the package’s ability to protect the product from the common hazards encountered during transportation. When determining testing protocol, remember that shock, compression, handling, vibration, and environmental exposures can all have very different effects on your packaged product, so the testing should focus on all variables.