Pallets are indispensable to guarantee the safety of your merchandise in the transportation, handling and storing processes.
In Canada, the most used pallets for the transport or storage of goods are the wooden pallets because they are unexpensive, they are robust, quickly manufactured and they can easely be recycled.
Pallets can be found in different sizes, from standard to custom-made for specific dimensions and weights. There is also a wide range of pallets : block pallet, stringer pallet, closed pallet, reversible pallet, 2-way pallet, 4-way pallet, deck pallet, etc.
So what are the perfect dimensions for a wooden pallet and which type to use?
Most companies just use standard pallets without knowing they could better protect their merchandise or even save purchasing costs and freight costs by choosing a solution that fits their needs.
That is why it is important to take some time to analyze the different options and to ask questions! It is essential to choose a manufacturer who offers you the ideal pallets, which means pallets that are adapted to the dimensions of your merchandise, to its weight as well as to its different possible transport conditions.
For example, if you want to protect delicate materials, your best choice would be the platform pallet. In addition to being a high-quality wooden pallet, it is utterly covered with wood to maximize the protection and stability of your merchandise.
If you want to save freight costs, a custom-made pallet taking the transport conditions into account can help optimize the space in the truck, container or else to minimize your shipping fees.
If you want to save acquisition costs, it is possible, in some cases, to manufacture pallets with a thinner wood or to use less wooden planks in the manufacturing. This way the pallets become less expensive and perfectly fit light merchandise that does not need any robust type of pallets.
In brief, the prices for wooden pallets vary and are adaptable given the type of pallets and the needs of your company.
Although the sizes of pallets may vary as much as the types of products to pack, here are the most common dimensions of wooden pallets :
47,25” X 31,5” (1 200 x 800 mm)
48” X 48” (1 219 x 1219 mm)
48” X 40” (1 219 x 1016 mm)
36” X 36” (915 X 915 mm)
42” X 42” (1067 X 1067 mm)
45” X 45” (1143 X 1143 mm)
However, do not limit your choice to standard pallets. The idea is to have the pallet that perfectly fits the dimensions for your merchandise. To do so, in most cases, it is better to have custom-made pallets which meet your specific needs.
It is even possible to manufacture pallets with wooden crates on them, so your pallet and packaging are one compact unit.
Main types of pallets
By choosing custom-made pallets for your merchandise, you will not only choose the dimensions but also the type of pallet.
Short and long pallet
Single deck pallet
Double deck pallet
So to conclude, what is the ideal type of pallet to guarantee the safety of your product and minimize your freight costs?
If all these options seem complicated, just know that an expert in palletizing and packaging can guide you to the perfect solution.
The expert in packaging, your best ally
At Crates ans Pallets, our experts in packaging and palletizing analyze your merchandise and always offer you the best dimensions according to the requirements of your product.
We manufacture all sizes of pallets, including custom made pallets that meet your specific needs as well as the selected transport mode.
Contact us, we will find the best solution to fit your situation.
For more detail on the different methods to minimize the costs, read the article ''Save money thanks to our consultants in packaging''.