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What Size Pallet Should I Buy?

July 23, 2023

It can be overwhelming to sort through a deluge of information on what pallet size is the most appropriate for your purposes. At Cooperage Pallets, we offer standard and custom pallet sizes so that you are able to customise your platforms to match your load. Did you know that different pallets have different standardisations based on the continent or supply chain that they are involved in?


 An aside – if you’re concerned about dimensions for shipping specifications, you should also consider whether your pallet is heat treated. If you’re trying to import internationally into countries with large timber industries, preventing the spread of wood-borne parasites is a large issue. You’ll want to have a stamp like this on your pallet that shows it’s been immunised against woodlice and other parasites.


We digress – anyway, don’t let this range of pallet sizes intimidate you; in this blog, we’ll discuss which is best for each purpose.


800mm x 1200mm

The 800mm x 1200mm pallet, also known as the Euro pallet, is widely used in Europe and offers compatibility with many automated systems. It is ideal for industries with space constraints or those requiring efficient handling of goods within tight spaces. Additionally, the Euro pallet is often utilised in retail environments due to its standardised dimensions, making it easy to stack and store. The consensus is that this pallet is best suited to use across the supply chain in Europe. 


1000mm x 1200mm

The 1000mm x 1200mm pallet, commonly referred to as the standard or industrial pallet, is one of the most popular sizes globally. This size is well-suited for industries such as manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution, where compatibility with various handling equipment, including forklifts and pallet jacks, is essential. It offers ample space for larger or bulkier items, optimising storage and transportation efficiency. This pallet has dimensions that integrate well into most systems around the world e.g. from Asia to Europe/USA.


1100mm x 1100mm

The 1100mm x 1100mm pallet, often called the square pallet, is favoured in regions like Asia and the Pacific. Its square shape provides stability and ease of rotation during handling, making it suitable for industries such as food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, and electronics. The 1100mm x 1100mm pallet is particularly advantageous for cargo loading in ISO shipping containers. At Cooperage Pallets, this is one of our most popular dimensions. Our customers like to use these specifications for export purposes. 


1165mm x 1165mm

The 1165mm x 1165mm pallet, known as the Australian or general-purpose pallet, is commonly used in Australia and New Zealand. This size offers increased load capacity compared to other options, making it ideal for heavy or bulky goods. It’s true that the 1165mm x 1165mm pallet is often used in industries such as construction, mining, and agriculture, where durability and strength are crucial, but more generally, this pallet is used in most local shipping as it is standard size.


In conclusion, selecting the appropriate pallet size is a critical decision that can significantly impact your operational efficiency, storage capacity, and transportation logistics. By carefully considering factors such as industry requirements, available space, product dimensions, and the standard size in the country you’re exporting to, you can make an informed choice that aligns with your specific needs. Contact Cooperage Pallets for tailored advice or a quote. Happy shipping!