If you're new to the world of pallets, you might not realise that they come in a variety of sizes. While there are standard pallet dimensions, they vary per country, making international shipping plans even more complicated if you don't know what your alternatives are to begin with.
In the context of Australia, there's a single standard size used. It's important to know how to recognise the standard pallet dimensions in order to choose corresponding storage solutions and materials handling equipment.
Australian standard pallets, as defined by Australian Standard AS:4068-1993, come in a distinctive size of 1165 × 1165 mm, setting them apart from the 1200x1000 mm international standard. These square pallets are usually made of hardwood or softwood, with hardwood providing robustness, weather tolerance, and the ability to bear hefty loads of over 2 tonnes. In contrast, softwood variants are constructed with lighter timber, making them suitable for lighter loads, ranging from 1 to 2 tonnes.
One of the distinguishing features of these pallets is their suitability for use as racking pallets in Australian storage and warehousing. They are specifically designed to be easily transferred from transport directly onto warehouse racking, streamlining the storage process.
Depending on the application, some variations are allowed under the Australian Standard. For instance, there are many custom manufacturers of wood and steel pallets that help businesses comply with transport and storage requirements.
At Containit Solutions we have a full range of transport pallets, timber pallets, transport cages and storage cages many of which are based on suitable sizes for standard transport and storage practices within Australia. We also offer specialised pallet and cage systems which have unique sizes to suit specific applications.