Packing Guidelines for Shipping Pallets
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Types of pallets – pallet dimensions
Europallets (or EUR pallets, EPAL pallets) are the most commonly used in Europe and are available in 4 different sizes and each weigh approximately 20-25kg. Euro pallet dimensions (width x length) are:
- EUR 1: 80 x 120cm (most commonly used in Europe)
- EUR 2: 120 x 100cm (most commonly used in UK)
- EUR 3: 100 x 120cm
- EUR 6: 80 x 60cm
ISO pallets are available in 6 different sizes and pallet dimensions vary depending on the region in which they are used:
- Europe: 100 x 120cm, 106.7 x 106.7cm or 80 x 120cm
- North America: 101.6 x 121.9cm or 106.7 x 106.7cm
- Australia: 116.5 x 116.5 cm
- Asia: 100 x 120cm, 106.7 x 106.7cm or 110 x 110cm
Types of pallets – materials
How to prepare a pallet for transportation
When preparing your pallet shipment for collection, it is important to ensure your pallet is packed correctly and securely to avoid damage during transport. Packing pallets correctly is also important to minimize the risk of injury during handling. Our packing guidelines for pallets will explain how to safely and securely prepare your pallet shipment.
Choose the right pallet – which is sturdy enough to support the load. Make sure your pallet is intact and in good condition, with no cracks or protruding nails. Know the height and weight limit before you begin loading your pallet.
Place paper liners under the load and between boxes to fill any gaps. Stack your pallet evenly, with heavier items placed at the bottom of the pallet. Take care to ensure your pallet does not exceed 220 cm height and no overhang.
Use pallet packaging materials such as stretch-wrapping, bubble-wrap and foil to secure your load. Wrap it tightly and twist and tie the plastic wrap to the base of the pallet. Try to move the boxes on the top gently, to make sure they don’t wobble and the plastic film doesn’t ripple.
Label your pallet clearly – placing the label on the side of each pallet. For extra reinforcement, use edge boards and a dust cover sheet. We recommend to use corner boards for double loaded pallets.
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What can I ship on pallets?
Pallets are recommended for shipping multiple boxes and large items which do not exceed the dimensions of the pallet. If you have an item which exceeds the dimensions of the pallet, you can also ship on a double pallet.
When should I choose to ship a pallet rather than a box?
Shipping bulky or odd shaped items on pallets provides increased stability and minimises the risk of damage during transport. Moreover, pallets are easier to manoeuvre, making them ideal for heavier shipments.
Is insurance included with pallet shipping?
Yes. Each pallet shipment is insured according to CMR conventions. When booking your pallet shipment, we also offer additional insurance at a low price.
Can I track my pallet shipment?
Yes. Every shipment is given a unique tracking number, and you can trace your shipment a few ways:
- Enter your tracking number into our tracking tool here.
- You can also track your pallet shipment directly on the freight carrier’s website.
If you are unsure about the status of your pallet shipment, or it appears that it has not moved for some time, you can contact our friendly team directly, who will be happy to provide more information.