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Pallet Size Guide to Help Measure Up

Pallet Size Guide to Help Measure Up

When you ship packages using pallets, it's crucial that you determine the size in order to calculate the total shipping costs. Every freight company will use a pallet size calculator along with a formula that will consider the weight of your goods and size of the pallet. 

Pallet delivery companies tend to charge depending on how much space the pallet will take up in the means of transport (truck, place, ship, etc.), so it's important to select the right shipping pallet sizes if you want to potentially cut the cost of your delivery. 

The History of Pallet Sizes

There are many pallet sizes that you are likely to come across, some standard and others not so much. However, people typically choose a standard pallet size to take the hassle out of the process. 

Before now, each industry would manufacture pallets for its own purpose and with no real care for the size. As long as it was fit for the item that they wanted to ship, it was good enough for them. 

Eventually, other popular sizes were introduced as a result of common trade routes and use. Take the Europeans, for example, who transferred goods via train and needed to create a standard pallet size that would easily fit through the door of the train. These are 800mm pallets as we know them. 

On the other hand, trade between North America and the United Kingdom was done by boat and the pallets needed to fit through the shipping containers. The idea of their 'standard' pallet sizes was to waste as little space as possible. 

Choosing the Right Pallet Size

Each pallet will have a standard size that is accepted within certain regions; this will prevent people from switching pallets from region to region, thus helping to avoid any issues or delays. Overall, there are six categories that have been approved by ISO and they are perfect for certain regions - these are listed below. 


Dimensions (WxL)
Dimensions (WxL)
Region of Use
40 × 481016 × 1219North America
39.37 × 47.241000 × 1200Europe, Asia
45.9 × 45.91165 × 1165Australia
42 x 421067 × 1067North America, Asia, Europe
43.30 x 43 x 301100 × 1100Asia
31.50 x 47.24800 × 1200Europe (fits most doorways)


Ideally, if you are shipping to another continent you should use a pallet that can be used in both regions. This way, you will avoid encountering any 'technical difficulties' nor will you have to pay extra for the fact that your pallet was difficult to handle. 

You may also go for a pallet that is custom-sized to the item that you wish to ship. It may require an inspection but as long as it is made by custom order, it should be usable on any equipment. You may also want to use a pallet size calculator to determine which one is the right choice for you. 

Our Final Thoughts 

Choosing the correct shipping pallet sizes may be a tedious task and depends on many different aspects. However, by making the right choice, you are saving yourself and the courier a lot of time and money. Hopefully, this size guide proved useful to you! 

In the meantime, if you need any additional support or advice, please feel free to contact PalletOnline. You can get in touch by either calling or sending us a message through our Live Chat

Questions & Answers

The standard UK pallet size is 1200 x 1000mm. UK pallets are available in a number of different types and weight bearing capacities, and they are also widely used for the export of goods.

Multiply the height by the area to calculate the overall volume of the pallet (in cubic inches). For example, if you use a standard 40'' by 48'' pallet, and the total height of the pallet is 50'', then the volume would be 96,000 cubic inches (40 x 48 x 50)

When stacking them, you must not exceed 60 inches in height (or 5 feet). This is to make sure the pallet isn't overloaded and that forklift operators can work with a standard clearance that is safe for your freight.

Measure your pallet from the ground up to the highest point, including the pallet and the shipment. Then find the overall volume by multiplying the length by width by height (L x W x H).

A full truckload can vary from 24 to 30 pallets and more. With truckload freight, the space your freight takes up in the trailer has more of an impact than its weight, so truckload shipments can often range from 5,000 pounds to 45,000 pounds upwards.