Pallet Size & Dimensions

The United states industry, standard size wooden pallet is 48” x 40”. The information below is simply a guideline for the most common pallets employed today. Of the top pallets employed in The United States, the most popular is the Grocery Manufacturers’ Association (GMA) pallet, which makes up about 30% of all new wood pallets produced in North America. The ISO also recognizes the GMA pallet footprint as one of its six standard sizes.

Pallet-Types

North American Pallets:

Dimensions (W × L) Production Rank Industries Using
48” × 40” 1 Grocery, Many Others
42” × 42” 2 Telecom, Paint
48” × 48” 3 Drums
40” × 48” 4 Military, Cement
48” × 42” 5 Chemical, Beverage
40” × 40” 6 Dairy
48” × 45” 7 Automotive
44” × 44” 8 Drums, Chemical
36” × 36” 9 Beverage
48” × 36” 10 Beverage, Shingles, Paper
35” × 45.5” Unknown Military ISO Container
48” × 20” Unknown Retail

 

ISO Pallets:

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) sanctions six pallet measurements, detailed in ISO Standard 6780: Flat pallets for intercontinental materials handling-principal dimensions and tolerances.

Dimensions (W × L) Region Most Used
48.00” × 40.00” North America
39.37” × 47.24” Europe, Asia (similar to 48” x 40″)
44.88” × 44.88” Australia
42.00” × 42.00” North America, Europe, Asia
43.30” × 43.30” Asia
31.50” × 47.24” Europe (fits many doorways)

Another Table with international sizes of pallets in millimeters:

Product name L x W x H (in millimetres) Major Countries Available
Timber Block Pallet North American Standard (48 x 40 inches) 1219 x 1016 x 141 USA, Italy, New Zealand
Wooden Pallet 1200 x 1000 x 162 Most European countries, Latin America, United Kingdom, India, New Zealand
Wooden & Metal Pallet 800 x 600 x 163 Most European countries, United Kingdom, South Africa
Wooden Pallet 800 x 600 x 166 France
Wooden Pallet – 3 Runner 1200 x 1200 x 154 India, China
Wooden Pallet – New Zealand standard 1200 x 1000 x 140 New Zealand
Perimeter Wooden Pallet 1200 x 1000 x 154 India, China
Timber Half Pallet 1220 x 508 x 128 Canada
Bearer Pallet 1200 x 1200 x 150 Namibia, South Africa
Bearer Pallet 1500 x 1200 x 176 Namibia, South Africa
Wooden Pallet 1200 x 800 x 144 Most European countries, United Kingdom, South Africa, India
Wooden Pallet – Australian Standard 1165 x 1165 x 150 Australia, New Zealand
Pallet Mercosur 1200 x 1000 x 145 USA, Argentina
Wooden Pallet 1000 x 600 x 162 France
Plastic Dolly 600 x 400 x 173 Austria, Switzerland
Plastic Pallet – New Zealand standard 1219 x 1016 x 144 New Zealand
Plastic Display Pallet 600 x 400 x 145 Most European countries
Plastic Display Pallet 1200 x 800 x 160 Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
Blue Shield Plastic Pallet 1200 x 1000 x 150 China, Thailand, South Africa
Plastic Pallet – 3 Runner 1200 x 1000 x 150 China
Plastic Pallet 1165 x 1165 x 150 Australia
Automotive Pallet – US Standard 1166 x 1242 x 152 USA, Canada, Mexico
Automotive Half Pallet 100 x 600 x 144 Most European Countries, Brazil, Argentina
Automotive Pallet 1200 x 1000 x 144 Most European Countries, Brazil, Argentina
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  1. Carlos says

    Actually, speaking of wood waste, not even de sawdust is a waste, cause you can mix with wood glue and fill up gaps.

  2. says

    I need a four way entry pallet to move some boxes around a warehouse. I also need one that will be able to move portable bathrooms. What size should I get to make sure it is extremely stable?

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