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.


North American Pallets:

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


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 nameL x W x H (in millimetres)Major Countries Available
Timber Block Pallet North American Standard (48 x 40 inches)1219 x 1016 x 141USA, Italy, New Zealand
Wooden Pallet1200 x 1000 x 162Most European countries, Latin America, United Kingdom, India, New Zealand
Wooden & Metal Pallet800 x 600 x 163Most European countries, United Kingdom, South Africa
Wooden Pallet800 x 600 x 166France
Wooden Pallet – 3 Runner1200 x 1200 x 154India, China
Wooden Pallet – New Zealand standard1200 x 1000 x 140New Zealand
Perimeter Wooden Pallet1200 x 1000 x 154India, China
Timber Half Pallet1220 x 508 x 128Canada
Bearer Pallet1200 x 1200 x 150Namibia, South Africa
Bearer Pallet1500 x 1200 x 176Namibia, South Africa
Wooden Pallet1200 x 800 x 144Most European countries, United Kingdom, South Africa, India
Wooden Pallet – Australian Standard1165 x 1165 x 150Australia, New Zealand
Pallet Mercosur1200 x 1000 x 145USA, Argentina
Wooden Pallet1000 x 600 x 162France
Plastic Dolly600 x 400 x 173Austria, Switzerland
Plastic Pallet – New Zealand standard1219 x 1016 x 144New Zealand
Plastic Display Pallet600 x 400 x 145Most European countries
Plastic Display Pallet1200 x 800 x 160Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
Blue Shield Plastic Pallet1200 x 1000 x 150China, Thailand, South Africa
Plastic Pallet – 3 Runner1200 x 1000 x 150China
Plastic Pallet1165 x 1165 x 150Australia
Automotive Pallet – US Standard1166 x 1242 x 152USA, Canada, Mexico
Automotive Half Pallet100 x 600 x 144Most European Countries, Brazil, Argentina
Automotive Pallet1200 x 1000 x 144Most European Countries, Brazil, Argentina
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    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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