Standard Pallet Size
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.
ISO Pallet Sizes
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.
|Dimensions mm (WxL)||Dimensions inches (WxL)||Wasted floor, ISO container||Region Most Used In|
|1016 x 1219||40 x 48||3.7%|
(20 pallets in 40 ft ISO)
|1000 x 1200||39.37 x 47.24||6.7%||Europe, Asia, similar to 40″ x 48″|
|1165 x 1165||45.9 x 45.9||8.1%||Australia|
|1067 x 1067||42.00 x 42.00||11.5%||North America, Europe, Asia|
|1100 x 1100||43.30 x 43.30||14%||Asia|
|800 x 1200||31.50 x 47.24||15.2%||Europe; fits many doorways|
Example of a 48×40 Plastic Pallet
The Ranger 48×40 is one of our most popular 48×40 plastic pallets.
Looking for a lower cost rackable pallet, the Sigma 48×40 is an excellent choice plastic pallet for warehouse operations.
However, to really work out the most suited pallet and approach for your export plans, we highly recommend contacting a TranPak consultant.
North American Pallet Sizes
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.
North American Pallets
|Dimensions mm (W x L)||Dimensions inches (W x L)||Production Rank||Industries Using|
|1016 x 1219||40 x 48||1||Grocery, many others|
|1067 x 1067||42 x 42||3||Telecommunications, Paint|
|1219 x 1219||48 x 48||3||Drums|
|1219 x 1016||48 x 40||4||Military, Cement|
|1219 x 1067||48 x 42||5||Chemical, Beverage|
|1016 x 1016||40 x 40||6||Dairy|
|1219 x 1143||48 x 45||7||Automotive|
|1118 x 1118||44 x 44||8||Drums, Chemical|
|914 x 914||36 x 36||9||Beverage|
|1219 x 914||48 x 36||10||Beverage, Shingles, Packaged Paper|
|889 x 1156||35 x 45.5||Unknown||Military 1/2 ISO container, fits 36″ standard doors|
|1219 x 508||48 x 20||Unknown||Retail|
See our range of both Shipping and Reusable Plastic Pallets
European Pallet Sizes
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.
|EURO pallet type||Dimension (W x L)||ISO Pallet Alternative|
|EUR, EUR 1||800 mm x 1200 mm||31.50″ x 47.24″||ISO1 same size as EUR|
|EUR 2||1200 mm x 1000 mm||47.24″ x 39.37″||ISO2|
|EUR 3||1000 mm x 1,200 mm||39.37″ x 47.24″|
|EUR 6||800 mm x 600 mm||31.50″ x 23.62″||ISO0, half the size of EUR|
|600 mm x 400 mm||23.62″ x 15.75″||quarter the size of EUR|
|400 mm x 300 mm||15.75″ x 11.81″||one-eighth the size of EUR|
Example of a 48×32 Plastic Pallet
The Nitro 48×32 is one of our most popular 48×32 plastic pallets.
Asian Pallet Sizes
The two most popular pallet sizes used in Asia are the square 1100mm x 1100mm (43.30″ × 43.30″) pallet and the 1200mm x 1000mm (39.37″ × 47.24″) pallet. Both are included in the approved ISO Pallet list.
The 1200mm x 1000mm (39.37″ × 47.24″) pallet is better suited for export from Asia to Europe and the USA as these dimensions integrate nicely into European and US systems.
Australian Pallet Sizes
The most common pallet size in Australia is 1165mm × 1165mm (45.87″ × 45.87″). It is also on the list of approved ISO Pallets.
These dimensions enable two pallets to fit very snugly side by side into the Australian railway RACE container, which is slightly wider than standard ISO containers. Using the Australian pallet in 20′ or 40′ foot ISO containers will mean a loss of some floor space.
We hope you find this resource for standard pallet size useful. Contact us to purchase plastic pallets or talk to an expert.
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