Pallets that are used to export goods throughout Australia and other countries fall under a number of different standard sizes. In this blog, we’ll provide an overview of the most common pallet dimensions that you’re likely to find both at home and abroad.
Australian standard pallet sizes
The most common pallets used for shipping and transport on a national scale are Australian standard pallets. These pallets are made of square softwood or hardwood and measure 1165 x 1165mm in size. They can carry a capacity of 500kg-1,800kg and are designed to fit exactly in the RACE container of the Australian railways. Keep in mind that Australian standard pallets are not standard in other parts of the world.
Australian export pallets are smaller in size and fit two across a standard shipping container. These measure at 1,100mm x 1,100mm and can carry 1,000kg in weight.
International export standards
US export pallets are sized at 1,200 x 1,000mm and can hold 1,000kg. They are made for transport throughout North and South America.
European export pallets are sized at 1,200mm x 800mm and can hold 1,200kg. They are made for transport throughout Europe.
Australian pallet safety standards
It’s important to make sure that any goods or materials transported on a pallet are the correct size for easy handling upon arrival. This allows the handlers to quickly unload the shipment in a way that is safe and efficient. Pallets used for international export must also meet ISPM regulations to ensure that quarantine and customs delays are avoided. For instance, if a shipment arrives in a foreign country and fails to comply with the relevant requirements, it can be held for an indefinite period until cleared for delivery. This can potentially cost suppliers significant amounts of money and cause lengthy delays in work.
All used pallet racking in Melbourne for sale from Erect-A-Rack is compliant with the Australian Standards AS4084-2012.
Different pallet types and dimensions
Pallets can also be made from a range of different materials to suit specific applications. These specially made designs come in both standard and non-standard pallet sizes.
- Steel pallets
Steel pallets measure 1,200mm x 1,000mm and can hold 2,000kg. They are used for the export of heavy goods that require a stronger structure and a higher weight capacity.
- Plastic pallets
Plastic pallets vary in terms of size and can carry 1,000kg. They offer a durable, lightweight and hygienic design that is easy to handle. These can be purchased in all Australian and export sizes.
- Plastic nestable pallets
Plastic nestable pallets vary in terms of size and can carry 500kg. They offer a durable, lightweight and hygienic design that is easy to handle.
- Custom pallets
Custom pallets can be made to meet specific requirements and are suited for specialised supplies or products that don’t fit on normal pallets.
You’ve probably seen the pallets painted blue with the word CHEP painted on the side. This company doesn’t wholesale to other companies and always retains ownership of their pallets.
You can hire or rent these pallets from 75 spots around Australia, making it a more cost effective option for your business. Pallet specs are 1165 x 1165 x 150, with drive in racking maximum payload at 2000kg, static loads at 10,000kg and approx. 38.5kg.
Top features of CHEP pallets:
- Universal acceptance across Australian industry
- Repair, maintenance and collection managed by CHEP
- Made from sturdy hardwood that is resistant to decay
- Compatible with supply chain infrastructure
- Standard pallet size in Australia
- Compatibility with existing supply chain infrastructure ie; racking and shelving
- Always available to meet customer demand
- Durable and ensure reliability of performance
- Not heat or chemical treatment, making them suitable for the food industry
Quality pallet racking and warehouse storage solutions
If you’re looking for reliable pallet racking and warehouse storage solutions, then Erect-A-Rack can help. Our expert team specialises in the supply and installation of quality products that are designed to make running your business easier. Contact us by calling 1300 788 916 or complete our contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are standard pallet dimensions?
In Australia, the most common standard pallets that are used measure 1165 x 1165mm in size. They can hold a weight of 500kg – 1,800kg and are made to match the RACE container of the Australian railways. Australian export pallets are slightly smaller overall, with dimensions of 1,100 x 1,100mm. They can support 1,000kg in weight.
How big is a pallet in CM?
Pallets can vary in size based on the country that they are being used in. Depending on the industry that you are in your pallets could also vary in size. Particular industries that deal with pharmaceuticals, chemicals, food, and beverage, or automotive all have varying requirements from one to the next.
Australian standard pallets are manufactured using hardwood and measure 116.5 x 116.5cm. Export pallets used by businesses are smaller, measuring 110 x 110cm. Note that custom pallets can be made to meet your requirements and needs.
How do I measure a pallet?
You should measure the height of your pallet shipment from the bottom to the highest point. Keep in mind that when recording length, you will need to take into account anything that is hanging off the pallet. This will ensure that you get accurate information for packing, storing and transporting supplies.
What is the biggest pallet size?
Standard pallets size in Australia are some of the biggest available and measure 1165 x 1165mm in size. They can hold a capacity of 500 – 1,800kg. Non-standard or custom pallet sizes are available and can be made in a range of materials, such as hardwood, steel, and plastic. Keep in mind that pallets are required to meet certain regulations and standards.