What is a pallet?

A pallet or Euro pallet is used for the storage and bundled transportation of heavy goods. These pallets are usually moved using forklift trucks. When shipping on a pallet, the exact dimensions, i.e. width and length, must be specified. An industrial pallet is 1200 x 1000 mm and a Euro pallet is 1200 x 800 mm.

The different types of pallets:

  • Disposable pallets are manufactured for single use and therefore do not have a long shelf life
  • Wooden pallets must be specially treated and labeled and are usually made of softwood
  • Plastic pallets are quick to clean and very weather-resistant and are therefore often used in the hygiene and food industries
  • Pallets made of corrugated cardboard are very cost-effective, but not very weather-resistant


Logistik Lexikon Palette

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