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Everything you need to know about pallets for your freight shipment

Do you want to ship pallets?

There are some general rules considered standard within the logistics industry that can be applied to your benefit when it comes to pallet transport. On this page, you will find all the details that will help you ship your goods safely and securely.

However, when it comes to shipping pallets, there is rarely one answer that fits all. Depending on the scope, dimensions, goods you transport and estimated costs, the shipment of pallet can differ from one country to another.

Ship pallets with Saloodo!

Saloodo! provides its customers with the highest level of quality service. With us, you can transport any pallets only within a few clicks on our digital platform. Moreover, you can register for free, get immediate access to a growing network of verified carriers and choose from multiple offers depending on your preferences.

Saloodo! helps you to keep track of your shipment at any time. You will receive benefits through our live chat service and get in contact with our dedicated customer support team. By using our quality service, you will be able to transport pallets conveniently throughout Europe as your contract partner and single point of contact.

What is a pallet?

Several pallets waiting for the next transport.

From a technical point of view, a pallet is simply a flat structure with dimensions.

The definition describes it as a packaging material used to transport goods. Its use can range from storing, securing, stacking, and handling all types of materials for different ways of transportation. A pallet is usually secured to prevent damage. Without a corresponding pallet, goods are in danger of getting faulty during transport.

Ship pallets safely and reliably to your destination of choice. With Saloodo! you can:

  • Register for free and use your account anytime, anywhere
  • Choose from multiple offers
  • Get real-time status updates from pick-up to delivery

Why should I use pallets?

You should use pallets to secure shipment. There is a method of storing, securing and transporting stackable goods on pallets, and then shipped as a unit load. This method is called palletization.

Palletization enables equipment such as fork-lift trucks to standardize the way loads are handled. As most items shipped require this method, pallets are an essential part of protecting your goods from damage. Without them, shipping items would no longer be safe.

How big are pallets?

There are, however, six ISO approved pallet sizes. Taking their standards as a guide will prevent you from switching pallet dimensions to country sizes if your goods travel across continents, as you will know what is considered ‘standard’ for every region.

A pallet with dimensions.

In the following you can find size charts for ISO, European and North American pallets:

  • ISO

    (W × L) millimetres
    (W × L) inches
    Region most used in
    1016 × 121940.00 × 48.00North America
    1000 × 120039.37 × 47.24Europe, Asia; similar to 40″ × 48″.
    1165 × 116545.9 × 45.9Australia
    1067 × 106742.00 × 42.00North America, Europe, Asia
    1100 × 110043.30 × 43.30Asia
    800 × 120031.50 × 47.24Europe; fits many doorways
  • European

    The European Pallet Association (EPAL) have agreed upon standard European pallet dimensions, making it possible to exchange ”pallet for pallet” (also known as pallet exchange). The most common EUR-pallet dimensions are:

    (W × L) millimetres
    (W × L) inches
    Region most used in
    1016 × 121940.00 × 48.00North America
    1000 × 120039.37 × 47.24Europe, Asia; similar to 40″ × 48″.
    1165 × 116545.9 × 45.9Australia
    1067 × 106742.00 × 42.00North America, Europe, Asia
    1100 × 110043.30 × 43.30Asia
    800 × 120031.50 × 47.24Europe; fits many doorways
  • North American

    The most widely-used pallets in the United States are the GMA (The Grocery Manufacturers Association) pallets. Their production rank is 1, with 30% being produced in the U.S each year alone.

    Dimensions, mm (W × L)Dimensions, in (W × L)Production RankIndustries Using
    1016 × 121940 × 481Grocery, many others
    1067 ×106742 × 422Telecommunications, Paint
    1219 × 121948 × 483Drums
    1219 × 101648 × 404Military, Cement
    1219 × 106748 × 425Chemical, Beverage
    1016 × 101640 × 406Dairy
    1219 × 114348 × 457Automotive
    1118 × 111844 × 448Drums, Chemical
    914 × 91436 × 369Beverage
    1219 × 91448 × 3610Beverage, Shingles, Packaged Paper
    889 × 115635 × 45.5UnknownMilitary 12 ISO container, fits 36″ standard doors
    1219 × 50848 × 20UnknownRetail

Which types of pallets exist?

Depending on their usage, the material used to make the pallets can be wood, plastic, metal or in some cases, even paper. Below you will find a list of pros and cons for each type of material.

There are different types of pallet materials, which are wooden, plastic and metal.

  • Wooden

    The most used material to make pallets is wood. The reason for that is mainly because wood (as a material) is durable, fixable, strong and eco-friendly. Wooden pallets can be made of softwood or hardwood, depending on the type of tree used in the pallet creation.


    • Wooden pallets are usually light-weight, versatile and can be reused or resold
    • Some of the cheapest pallets are made of softwood
    • They can be easily repaired in case of damage
    • Wood is the most in-demand material for pallets, mainly because of its durability and stiffness


    • Wooden pallets can break under heavy loads
    • Wooden pallets can get damaged in contact with water
    • Wooden pallets are susceptible to bacterial, chemical and insect contamination

    Best Practice

    • Perfect for storing sealed and non-biodegradable materials
    • Pallets made of wood can be reused for furniture
  • Plastic

    Plastic pallets are normally made of recycled drink bottles or high-density polyethylene. Normally, plastic pallets can be used up to a hundred trips or even more. They are used widely in Europe and the U.S.


    • Plastic pallets are easy to be sanitized
    • Plastic pallets are resistant and they weigh less than wooden pallets
    • Plastic pallets are weather resistant


    • The cost for plastic pallets is higher than for wooden pallets
    • They are difficult to repair and must be replaced

    Best Practice

    • Plastic pallets can meet the strict requirements for pharmaceutical industries
    • Plastic pallets can be safely used in the beverage and food industries
    • Storing and transport in retail stores
  • Metal

    Metal pallets are the least used pallets in the industry, making up only 1% of the market. Normally used for heavy loads, the material of the pallet can be or include carbon steel. aluminium and stainless steel.


    • Carbon steel pallets have a great durability at a low cost
    • Metal pallets are easy to stack
    • Metal pallets are corrosion and weather resistant


    • Expensive compared to other pallets
    • Metal pallets can be heavy

    Best Practice

    • Ideal for chemical industries, where pallets need to withstand harsh environments
    • Also great for catering business as the items can be preserved under the best hygienic conditions

What are the best pallets to use?

The general idea is that pallets need to be moved easily through buildings, be stackable, fit in racks and be accessible to material-handling equipment (forklifts, cranes, jacking device, front loaders, etc).

There are no universally approved measurements, so pallets dimensions can differ from a country to another.

Companies across the globe use pallets of different sizes, depending on the country handling and transporting them. The best pallets to use depends entirely on the nature of your goods, the pick-up & drop-off locations as well as on the type of transport you choose.

How can pallets optimize my transport?

With pallets, you can:

  • Secure your shipment and protect it from external damage during the loading, unloading points, and the overall handling process
  • Save time by allowing carriers to load and unload your goods safer and faster
  • Combine goods and ship them into a single load unit, having fewer items to track
  • Benefit from material durability, as pallets are more secure than other materials used for transport (cardboard boxes or plastic wrappers)
  • Maximize the truck capacities of your carriers, as pallets are not  heavy-weight and do not take up so much space
  • Recycle and minimize damage to the environment, as most of the pallets materials can wear down, be melted or sold as scrap

How to ship pallets with Saloodo!

A truck used for shipping pallets.

Describe your shipment

Planning ahead will help you eliminate unforeseen costs. This is why it’s important to define your transport requirements at an earlier stage. Details such as pallet dimensions, weight, pick-up & delivery locations, and dates should be known before you post a transport request.


Choose from 6000+ verified carriers 

Saloodo! gives you access to a growing network of carriers verified according to DHL’s Code of Conduct. You have the freedom to decide who will transport your shipment based on the offers you receive.


Track & Trace 

After you selected the offer that suits your request, you can start tracking the progress of your shipment. You also have access to live chat support and customer service assistance. This way, you have a full overview of the entire shipping process and you can always follow-up on the transport status.

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