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Pallet Dimensions in Australia and Overseas

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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 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. 

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.

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