What is a pallet?

A pallet or Euro pallet is used for storage and bundled transport of heavy goods. These pallets are usually moved by forklift trucks. When shipping by means of a pallet, the exact dimensions, that is, 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 made for one-time use and therefore do not have a long shelf life.
  • Wooden pallets must be specially treated and marked and are mostly made of softwoods
  • 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 inexpensive, but not very resistant to weather conditions


Logistik Lexikon Palette

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