If you work in an industry that requires you to ship pallets internationally, you know that pallet sizes aren’t standardized around the world. In fact, most countries have slight differences in the sizes of their pallets, and this can greatly affect the kind of pallet rack shelving that you choose to put in your warehouse. You’ll want to make sure whatever pallet racks you choose will offer enough wiggle room to accommodate pallets from the countries that you work with the most.
Standard Pallet Sizes in the U.S.
If you work in a warehouse in North America, you probably know the standard pallet size by heart: 40 x 48”. Pallets don’t generally stray too far from this measurement in order to make life easier on warehouse workers and to ensure that forklifts are going to be able to lift and move pallets onto and off of trucks and other transportation.
Standard Pallet Sizes From Overseas
Things get a little different when it comes to pallets overseas.
The UK measures their standard pallets in millimeters, the standard size being 1200 x 1000 mm. Translating that into inches, you can expect a pallet from the UK to be about 47.24 x 39.37”, or just under the size of a standard US pallet.
Australian pallets actually measure a bit bigger, and unique to many other parts of the palleting world, they actually make their pallets perfectly square at 1165 x 1165 mm (or 45.87 x 45.87”). If you are expecting a number of palletized shipments from Australia, you’ll want to make sure you have room on your shelves for these uniquely shaped pallets.
China uses a pallet that’s similar in size to the United Kingdom, measuring 1200 x 1000 mm (47.24 x 39.37”), though they may also use a square pallet with three runners that measure a square 1200 x 1200 mm (47.24 x 47.24”).
Call DAK For Help With All Pallet Sizes
If you have an international warehouse that needs to account for a variety of pallet sizes, DAK Equipment & Engineering can help you find the pallet racking system that accommodates pallet sizes from around the world. We’ll help you make sure you can neatly and safely store inventory in your warehouse without any hassle. Get in touch with our team today by filling out the form below and speaking with a member of our team. We’ll talk to you about the needs of your warehouse and create a system that’s perfect for you and your budget.