About Pallets

At Plexus Freight we have devised a pallet guide to help you with any pallet transportation you may have. We can help you transport pallets of all sizes worldwide. We make daily collections for any quarter, half, full or over-sized pallets. We are known within the freight shipping industry for our cheap pallet delivery services. We can assist you in transporting pallets throughout Europe and the world at very good rates. Even if you do not have a forklift at the collection or delivery point we can use a tail lift vehicle which will allow us to raise the pallet onto the vehicle when loading and lower it down upon delivery.

We operate a range of pallet delivery services these include, Economy or groupage where we will combine your shipment with other compatible cargo and transport it using the most economical methods available. Although our economy service is price sensitive we always take time to ensure your pallets are handled safely and with the greatest care. If you require something a little quicker we would suggest our Express freight service which will have your pallets to its destination point quickly and at the best rates. If you are working with very tight lead times you can use our urgent freight transportation service that harnesses the power of worldwide air freight carriers to get your pallets moving quickly. These flexible range of freight services make us on of the leading transportation companies in the UK.

Whatever your freight requirements we are the UK’s leading pallet delivery company that can handle any pallet requests you have. Please see our pallet guide below which will take your through the types and sizes of pallets commonly used in worldwide transport.

A pallet is a flat structure used in the transportation of goods throughout the world. Pallets allow for cargo to be transported and moved in a stable fashion either by a forklift, front loader, pallet jack or crane. The use of pallets makes moving heavy loads or stacks much easier and quicker. Pallets such as the Euro pallet were actually designed to fit through standard doorways due to the lack of specialised industrial buildings. Most modern day pallets can hold 1000kg or more. Within the UK freight industry there has been talk of reducing the weight limits on pallets due to safety concerns, especially when goods are transported by smaller vehicles that have tail lift facilities.

Using pallets for goods means that companies are able to move material faster. This leads to much lower costs for storage and handling. There is a range of different sizes of pallets and these can be customised to a specific use such as getting through certain sized doorways in sea freight containers. The range of availability has contributed to the worldwide growth in their use.

Pallets are considered to be reusable packaging items as they can be used many times during their lifespan. Pallet pooling has become very popular with companies worldwide, even fitting pallets with tracking devices has become popular.


The History of the Pallet
Pallets were once known as “skids” and go back as far as the 1st Millennium B. C. During World War Two the development of the forklift, to meet the demands of the vast logistics operations associated with war, led to a substantial use of pallets through Europe and the world.

The earliest patent for a pallet was produced in the US in 1924 but it was not until the late 1930’s that pallets became more common. Other pallets such as the four way pallet and a disposable pallet were later introduced in the 1940’s. Across the United States alone over 2 billion pallets are used every year.


Types of Pallets
Most pallets used today are wooden, but pallets can also be made of plastic, paper and metal. Each material is used in accordance to the cargo or goods being placed on it or the method of transport that is used. Pallets come in many different sizes and configurations, but most can be separated into two very broad categories – ‘stringer’ and ‘block’ pallets.


Stringer Pallet
The stringer pallet has top deck boards that are attached to three or more stringers (wooden slats) to create the pallet structure. As this might inhabit a four way entry, a notch can be cut into them to allow access for a forklift.


Block Pallet
The block pallet utilizes both perpendicular and parallel stringers to make for better handling. A block pallet is also known as a four-way pallet. Four-way simply mean that a pallet jack or forklift can access any of the four sides to move it.


Common Dimensions
Most wooden pallets consist of several deck boards that are supported by three or four stringers below. To measure a pallet would mean first measuring the length of the stringer and then measuring the deck board length (L x W). The size of the pallet depends upon the requirement of goods being transported, and these vary throughout global use.


UK Pallets

Standard UK PalletDimensions L x W (cm)
UK 1120 x 100


European Pallets
These are the most common pallets used in European freight and probably the ones that you are most used to working with. Plexus Freight uses this range of sizes to transport all of our cargo, whether general cargo or ceramics.

Euro PalletDimensions L x W (cm)
EURO 1120 x 80
EURO 2100 x 120
EURO 380 x 60
EURO 460 x 40
EURO 540 x 30


North American Pallets
These pallets are of different sizes and their use is dictated by the industry requirements.

Industries most usedDimensions L x W (mm)
Groceries1016 x 1219
Telecommunications1067 x 1067
Drums1219 x 1219
Military1219 1016
Chemical1219 x 1067
Dairy1016 x 1016
Automotive1219 x 1143
Drums & Chemicals1118 x 1118
Beverages914 x 914


ISO Pallets
ISO stands for The International Organisation for Standardization. They sanction six pallet dimensions.

Region most usedDimensions L x W (mm)
North America1016 x 1219
Australia1165 x 1165
Europe, Asia1067 x 1067
Asia1100 x 1100
Europe800 x 1200