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A Guide to Pallet Sizes for UK and European Pallet Delivery

By 10th April 2014

There are many reasons why it is important for a business to choose the right pallet size to suit their shipping needs. The goods and items they receive or send out on a daily or weekly basis need to be handled in the most efficient way and it’s crucial for a company to maximise any storage space they have available.

On top of this it is essential for a business to reduce transport costs which in turn means goods are handled efficiently at all times whilst in transit. Below is a guide to pallet sizes for UK and European pallet delivery which will help an organisation no end.

The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) Explained

Currently there are certain pallet sizes which are sanctioned by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) which includes flat pallet solutions. The most commonly used pallet sizes in both the UK and Europe are as follows:

  • 1000 × 1200 39.37 × 47.24 6.7%
  • 1067 × 1067 42.00 × 42.00 11.5%
  • 800 × 1200 31.50 × 47.24 15.2% which fits through many doorways

Most businesses in the UK and Europe use what is known as a EURO pallet which is one that is used in many different industries whether large or small. The pallet’s measurements are as follows:

800 x 1200 x 120 mm

EURO pallets are the most commonly used in the UK and Europe

However, all EURO pallets have to be constructed in such a way that they meet certain standards set out by EPAL which is the European Pallet Association. This is the body that governs every detail of how a pallet is actually constructed which includes what type of nails are used on specific timber which again has to be a wood that meets accepted criteria.

Pallet Pool System Explained

This rigid standardisation is set in place so that a system of pallet swapping can be used throughout the UK and Europe. The thing to bear in mind is that the majority of freight forwarders and courier services that handle any sort of shipping involving pelleted goods normally work using pallets sourced from a pallet pool. This offers many advantages to all concerned because it keeps shipping costs under control whether nationally or when goods need to be shipped to European countries that have agreed to be a part of the Europool system.

There is however, a downside which is the measurements of the EURO pallet means they have to be shipped out in slightly wider containers due to the fact they do not fit in ISO shipping containers.

What if Pallet Requirements Exceed Accepted Measurements?

If you find that any full pallets are larger than the accepted measurements, most good freight forwarders and couriers are still able to accommodate your business needs but there will be an extra charge. This is typically one and a half times the price of the rate for a full pallet but the extra charge is based according to the dimensions which have been exceeded. However, if you need an oversized pallet, a company would class it as an “out of gauge” size which means you would need to be quoted a special rate for the cost of shipping out your goods.

Conclusion

Choosing the right size pallet to suit your business needs whether you send goods within the UK or over to Europe, is important because it means your business can maximise any storage space available. It also helps keep shipping costs under control which is an important factor in difficult financial times. If you are unsure of what size pallet would be the most suitable, your best option is to contact a reputable courier or freight forwarder to ask for their advice before organising your shipments.