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A Quick Guide to Pallet Sizes

09 of June 2015 | By John Granville | Posted in News and Tips

Whether you’re an international business, moving house or making a one off shipment – choosing the right pallet size is essential for shipping. It is crucial, especially for businesses, that you make the most of the space available on your pallet and maximise the amount of stock you get out in every pallet shipment.

Picking the right sized pallets will also ensure it is less likely that your stock will become damaged during transportation as well as making it easier to be loaded and unloaded at the beginning and end of the journey. Ensuring you have the correct size pallet, could in turn, reduce your transport costs at the same time as increasing your profit margins.

Pallet Sizes

All pallets used in shipping have to adhere to the ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation)* regulation. Some of the most commonly used pallets used for shipping within the UK and Europe are:

Dimensions, mm (W × L) Dimensions, in (W × L) Wasted floor, ISO container Region most used in

-          1219 × 1016 48.00 × 40.00 3.7% North America

-          1000 × 1200 39.37 × 47.24 6.7% Europe, Asia; similar to 48×40″.

-          1165 × 1165 44.88 × 44.88 8.1% Australia

-          1067 × 1067 42.00 × 42.00 11.5% North America, Europe, Asia

-          1100 × 1100 43.30 × 43.30 14% Asia

-          800 × 1200 31.50 × 47.24 15.2% Europe; fits many doorways

The popular “Euro Pallet” (800 x 1200 x 120 mm) is the most common choice for small businesses within the EU. All “Euro Pallets” are strictly regulated during manufacture by EPAL (the European Pallet Association), who regulate every part of the pallet from the type of wood down to the last nail and are small enough to fit through most doorways.

Which Size do I Need?

If you are unsure about which size pallet would be better for your business, or if you think the item you’re trying to ship might be too big – why not give us a call today to speak to an expert in the business about how we can assist you with your shipping needs.

What is International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO)?

The ISO is an independent, non-governmental membership organisation and the world’s largest developer of voluntary international standards. The organisation is made up of national standards bodies in 163 different countries all over the world – with a central secretariat located in Switzerland.

The ISO help to make things work all over the world. They provide world class specification for different products, systems and services – ensuring customers all over the world receive the same levels of quality, safety and efficiency. They are a key part in international trade and have published almost 20,000 internal standards; covering everything from health care to agriculture – and of course, pallets!
John Granville

By John Granville

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