Euro pallet vs standard pallet: What is the difference?

Euro pallet vs standard pallet: What is the difference?

Pallets are an efficient product handling solution that eliminates logistical issues involved when moving items safely and securely. Pallets allow you to easily handle products and are an ideal storage solution for warehouses.


Pallet sizes vary in different regions. The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has approved 6 pallet dimensions which are widely used as standard pallet sizes around the world. Standard European size varies from standard UK size, so you must be aware of the differences so you can choose the best pallet to suit your requirements.


Knowing the dimensions of standard pallets in the regions you’re transporting goods to and from allows you to calculate how many goods you can fit on your pallets, and how many pallets you can fit into a container for shipping.


Pallets accepted across Europe and the UK are known as Euro and standard pallet sizes. The typical size of a Euro pallet is 1200x800mm and is used all over Europe. The standard pallet size is 1200x1000mm and is commonly used across the UK.


What are the dimensions of a Euro pallet?


Any pallet with 1200x800mm dimensions can be considered a Euro pallet. The Euro pallet is the standard European pallet as specified by the European Pallet Association and can be identified by the abbreviation EPAL or EUR on the pallet. Euro pallets are thinner than standard pallets used in the UK and come in different variants such as load capacity.


What are the dimensions of a standard pallet?


Any pallet with dimensions of 1200x1000mm can be classed as a standard pallet in the UK. Like Euro pallets, standard pallets vary in other ways, such as weight and material.


Here at Exporta, we stock a wide range of standard and Euro pallets. Our pallets can be lightweight, medium or heavy-duty, they can be nestable or rackable, and open deck or closed deck.


Our standard pallets begin from £14.24, while our Euro pallets begin at £8.35 depending on the type of pallet and its specifications. Standard and Euro pallets come in wooden or plastic materials.


What are the benefits of standard and Euro pallets?


       1. Environmentally friendly


At Exporta, our range of standard and Euro plastic pallets use recycled plastic, making them an environmentally friendly solution. Euro and standard pallets can be reused over and over so they can reach their full lifespan.


When the pallets are no longer wanted, they can be bought and recycled to make new pallets. Recycled plastic is significantly cheaper than virgin plastic, so when it is time to replace your pallets, you can find an affordable solution.


       2. Cost-effective


The reusability of Euro and standard pallets makes them a cost-effective solution for your business. Plastic pallets last up to 10 years and are highly durable which helps to reduce costs of damage, repair or replacement.


When transporting goods on pallets across the world, it’s vital to use the standard pallet sizes in the relevant region. When goods arrive in other countries on the wrong pallet, you’re forced to transfer goods to local pallets which incur extra costs and delays the supply chain.


       3. High quality


Euro and standard pallets are designed to withstand heavy loads and remain durable without damage. Plastic pallets are lightweight which helps to reduce shipping costs. They can be easily handled and moved but can hold significant weight.


Plastic Euro and standard pallets are hygienic making them ideal if you operate in a food or medical environment. Pallets can be thoroughly cleaned and have no areas that collect dust and dirt. Plastic pallets don’t absorb moisture and spillages which helps to protect goods stored on the pallet, as well as the pallet itself.


Euro and standard pallets for sale in the UK


Using Euro and standard pallets makes regional and international trade much easier. You don’t have to unload and reload goods which can be costly and delay the supply chain. Before you purchase a pallet, make sure you check which size pallet is the standard for the region your pallet will be shipped to.

You can browse Exporta’s range of Euro and standard pallets to find the pallet that best suits your requirements. Our experts are on hand to help you choose the right, high quality pallet. Contact us by filling in the contact form or calling us on 0800 294 4394.



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