Pallet sizes still vary considerably between different countries although much progress has been made in terms of standardization and reusability. This was crucial as increased global trade necessitated the need for standard pallet dimensions which are now reflected in the ISO Pallet list below.
Of the many different pallet sizes available, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has approved six pallet dimension which are now widely used as standard pallet size around the globe.
This information is a good starting point when considering exporting your goods to a different country and don’t want to incur the extra expenses and time delays of transferring your goods to local pallets upon arrival. It also enables you to calculate just how many pallets you can fit into a container for shipping.
There are many pallet dimensions used for handling goods within North America. Sizes vary depending on specific needs, industries and materials.
The most popular dimension for both wood and plastic pallets is the 40″x48″ footprint which is also one of the six specified ISO Pallet sizes. It is also the size of the GMA (Grocery Manufacturer’s Association) sanctioned pallet.
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In Europe many different pallets have emerged over the years as each country developed its own material handling needs.
In recent times, standardization has occurred to a certain extent and we now have a widely used standard European pallet known as the EUR Pallet, Europallet or EPAL Pallet. Its dimensions are 1200mm×800mm (31.50”×47.24”) and is one of the six approved ISO Pallet sizes.