Wooden Pallets

A pallet /ˈpælɨt/  is a flat transport structure that supports goods in a stable fashion while being lifted by a forklift, pallet jack, front loader, work saver or other jacking device..

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Wooden pallets typically consist of three or four stringers that support several deck-boards, on top of which goods are placed. In a pallet measurement the first number is the stringer length and the second is the deck-board length. Square or nearly square pallets help a load resist tipping.  Two-way pallets are designed to be lifted by the deck-boards. The standard North American pallet, or GMA pallet, has deck-boards of 40 inches and stringers of 48 inches.  Four-way pallets, or pallets for heavy loads (or general-purpose systems that might have heavy loads) are best lifted by their more rigid stringers. These pallets are usually heavier, bigger and more durable than two-way pallets.
Pallet users want pallets to easily pass through buildings, to stack and fit in racks, to be accessible to forklifts and pallet jacks and to function in an automated warehouses. To avoid shipping air, pallets should also pack tightly inside inter-modal containers and vans.  No universally accepted standards for pallet dimensions exist. Companies and organizations utilize hundreds of different pallet sizes around the globe. While no single dimensional standard governs pallet production, a few different sizes are widely used.

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Pallet Size And Pallet Dimensions.

The American industry, standard size wooden pallet is 48” x 40”. Perfection Pallets, however, can provide virtually any sized wooden pallet you need. The information below is simply a guideline to the most commonly configured pallets used in the world today. Please contact us for details, and assistance with your specific needs.

North American Pallets

Of the top pallets used in North America, the most commonly used by far is the Grocery Manufacturers' Association (GMA) pallet, which accounts for 30% of all new wood pallets produced in the United States. The ISO also recognizes the GMA pallet footprint as one of its six standard sizes.
     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 dimensions, 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)