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The Second-Hand Solution: How Do We Identify Quality Pallets?

June 18, 2023

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. However, we consider pallets to be treasure at every stage of their lifespan, which is why we’re committed to offering quality products for second-hand purchase. We’re passionate about future-proofing the shipping and logistics industry through pallet sustainability practices. We buy plastic and wooden pallets from places where they would otherwise go to waste, and sell them for a reduced price to customers that can give them a second life! When you buy second-hand from Cooperage Pallets, know that your shipping containers have been rescued from pallet purgatory and are now ready to enjoy additional years of usage. Here are a few of the ways that we ensure our resold pallets meet the highest quality standards.


Give them a good once-over

Ensure you examine the pallet for any visible damage, such as cracks, splits, or broken boards. Look for signs of wear and tear, excessive dirt, or signs of pests. Even small splinters can be a hazard and are a reason not to approve a product for resale. 

Check for load capacity

Verify the load capacity of the pallet by checking its specifications or markings. Ensure it is suitable for intended use and can handle the compliant weight requirements.


Perform a flex-test

Test the pallet’s sturdiness by applying pressure to different areas, especially the corners and centre. It should not bend excessively or feel weak. This may be a sign of water-damaged or poorly treated wood, or sun-damaged plastic; in either case, these aren’t appropriate for resale.


Check out individual boards

Inspect the condition of individual boards. Look for rot, splinters, or loose nails. Ensure all boards are securely attached and not overly warped. The devil is in the details!


Nail the inspection

Examine the pallet’s nails or fasteners. They should be intact, tightly secured, and not protruding. Loose or missing nails can affect the pallet’s stability.


Assess hygiene

Check for cleanliness and signs of contamination. Avoid pallets that show signs of spills, stains, or chemical residue, as they may pose a risk to the goods being transported.


Look for certification marks

Seek pallets that carry industry-standard certification marks, such as those indicating compliance with ISPM15 regulations for international shipments. At Cooperage Pallets, all our pallets are manufactured new with these specifications and we only resell pallets that adhere to the same standard. These marks ensure the pallet has been properly treated to prevent the spread of pests and diseases.


When it comes to ensuring the quality of second-hand pallets, it’s all about being a savvy shopper. By following some simple yet crucial steps, you can confidently select pallets that not only meet your requirements but also contribute to sustainable practices. Find sustainably at Cooperage Pallets and know that we’ve covered the quality standards, so you can consume responsibly and reliably.