How to ship different kinds of pallets

How to ship a pallet with a courier

When you have a large shipment to make, you want to be sure that everything will go successfully. Choosing a pallet delivery is a cost-effective way of shipping bigger loads. But when you ship a pallet for the first time, you might have lots of questions. With our step-by-step guide, you will see that shipping pallets by courier are not that hard. When you want to know how to ship a pallet with a courier, the first thing you have to know is which pallets are used in the world these days. With our comprehensive guide below you will choose and pack a pallet in no time.

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Most used pallets

  • Wooden pallets: There are several different kinds of wooden pallets. They can be made both out of softwood and hardwood, with the latter one being stronger and more fit for heavy loads.
  • Plastic pallets: Plastic pallets are made recycled PET or new HDPE. Plastic pallets cost more but also have longer longevity.
  • The EUR pallet, which is also called Euro pallet or EPAL pallet: This is the standard European pallet. The pallet itself weighs 20-25 kg, depending on the type: EUR/EUR1, EUR2, EUR3, EUR6. Keep in mind that in most European countries1 EUR/EUR1 (80cm x 120cm) is the most common, whereas in the United Kingdom EUR2 I most commonly used.
EUR-pallet typeDimensions (W × L) cmDimensions (W × L) inch
EUR, EUR 180 cm × 120 cm31.50 in × 47.24 in
EUR 2120 cm × 100 cm47.24 in × 39.37 in
EUR 3100 cm × 120 cm39.37 in × 47.24 in
EUR 680 cm × 60 cm31.50 in × 23.62 in

Other common pallet types

  • ISO pallets: These certified pallets are available in 6 dimensions.
Dimensions(W × L) cmDimensions(W × L) inWasted floor, ISO containerRegion most used in
101.6 × 121.940.00 × 48.003.7% (20 pallets in 40 ft ISO)North America
100 × 12039.37 × 47.243.1%Europe, Asia; similar to 40" × 48".Same size as EUR1
116.5 × 116.545.9 × 45.98.1%Australia
106.7 × 106.742.00 × 42.0011.5%North America, Europe, Asia
110 × 11043.30 × 43.3014%Asia
80 × 12031.50 × 47.243.1%Europe; fits many doorways
  • American Pallets and Australian pallets: These are pallets that are used locally just like the EUR pallets. In North America, the size of the pallet depends on the type of goods that are transported. The Australian pallets match the size of the containers that the Australian railway uses.
  • Paper pallets (also known as eco-pallets). People frequently use these for lightweight loads even though there are paper pallets that can carry the same load as a wooden pallet. The big advantage of paper pallets is that they are lighter and environmentally friendlier than wooden pallets.
  • Steel pallets: Steel pallets only compose 1% of all the pallets out there. They are used for heavy loads and loads that might undergo harsh conditions. They are also used for weapon and ammunition transport.


Stackable pallet delivery VS Non-stackable pallet delivery:

Stackable pallets are pallets that can be stacked, one on top of the other. With non-stackable pallets, this is not possible. Therefore, stackable pallet delivery is preferred by courier companies and some of them even refuse to take non-stackable pallets. The benefits of stackable pallet delivery are that it takes less space and it is cheaper to ship. Read more on stackable and non-stackable pallets on our blog.

When using non-stackable pallets, it is extremely important that you mark your shipment as non-stackable to find the right courier company.

Keep in mind that many freight forwarders impose extra costs for non-stackable pallets as such pallets represent a loss of space in the lorry and consequently reduce the number of shipments per lorry. Additional fees can cost much more than stackable pallets, going up to more than a hundred euros, so you should make sure you take this information into consideration before purchasing a non-stackable pallet. When using non-stackable pallets, we recommend asking our logistic experts for an individual offer for shipping pallets by courier.

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Insurance

Be sure to choose the right insurance for your delivery. Your pallet is automatically insured according to the CMR convention. It is possible to buy additional insurance against low rates. You can check out all the details on our site and read more about it on our blog.


How to pack and ship a pallet

When you want to know how to pack and ship a pallet, there are several things you need to keep in mind to avoid damage to your cargo. Also, note that incorrect stacking of a pallet can lead to dangerous working conditions for everyone who works with the pallet. Read more on our blog about how pallets are handled with a forklift. With this easy walkthrough, you will find the cheapest way to ship a pallet and will be able to stack your pallet as a pro. Read more on our page on freight transport. When you are not sure yet that a pallet is the right solution for you, then read our blog post about when to send a pallet and when to send multiple packages.

  • Make sure that the pallet is in good condition and will not fall apart.
  • Sort the items you want to ship by size and shape. Start with the ones that have the same size and shape.
  • Know when to stop stacking: Don’t stack your pallet too high because it will become unstable. The maximum height for a pallet is 220 cm, including the height of the pallet itself. When your pallet exceeds the height of 220 cm, contact our logistics experts for an additional opinion on your shipping.
  • Know the limitations of your pallet: The maximum weight of the pallet when loaded depends on the kind of pallet, the way of stacking items on the pallet and the weight that the storage facilities can bear.
  • Even stacking is key: Make sure that the weight of the items is evenly balanced on the pallet. The best way to ensure this is to place the heaviest items in the center of the pallet. This reduces the chance of the pallet tumbling over. You can also achieve this by placing the heavier items on the bottom of the pallet and the lighter items on top.
  • Finish with foil or bubble wrap: When everything is on the pallet and well-placed, secure it with foil, bubble wrap or tape and you can start shipping pallets by courier.

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Where to buy a pallet

These days you can buy pallets at most hardware stores, specialized pallet stores or online. Before buying a pallet, it is important that you know how to ship a pallet with a courier and what you want to ship on the pallet. According to the volume of your items, you can determine the size and the maximum weight that the pallet should be able to carry when loaded. For the cheapest way to ship a pallet, you can take a used pallet. Just make sure that it is undamaged and doesn’t have any weak spots. On our blog, you can read more about choosing the right pallet.

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When you would like to ship a pallet and still have unanswered questions about how to pack and ship a pallet, you can always contact our multilingual logistic experts. They will be glad to assist you by email or by phone.

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