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There are many different types of pallets, so knowing which one you should order for your business can be tricky. Associated Pallets have produced a helpful guide to help you when choosing pallets.

The guide outlines the factors you need to consider when choosing a pallet for your business based on your requirements.

When Choosing Pallets, You Need To Know What Material You Need

To make an informed decision when choosing pallets, it’s important you understand the implications and relevance of these key factors. Wooden pallets at their very core can be divided into two main groups based on their construction material. This will either be hard or softwood. Typically, hardwood is more expensive yet stronger, but softwoods such as pine are readily available and ideal for kiln drying to adhere to ISPM 15 regulations.

Once you have determined the wood you require for your pallet, you need to work out the style of pallet you require. There are two main categories of pallet; stringer pallets and block pallets. A stringer pallet is a two-way pallet, where three or more parallel pieces of timber make up the frame. Block pallets are more robust and made for heavier loads and four-way entry.

Once both the type of wood and the style of pallet have been determined, you must pick the size of your pallet. There are many options of pallet sizes available. These include; UK standard sizes, Euro standard, ISO standard, CP and more. To ensure you pick the right size pallet you need to confirm where you will be shipping as different countries adhere to different standards.

If you are going to be sending your goods overseas then you need to ensure that you use ISPM 15 heat treated pallets. This eliminates the potential for cross-contamination and the spread of invasive species Whilst this standard is widely adopted, some countries are still in the process.

Here is the Complete List of Current Compliant Countries.

Another factor to consider when choosing pallets is whether the pallet is new or used. With both types, there are advantages and disadvantages. Depending on your requirements and budget, this will help you work out which will be more beneficial for you.

You will also need to consider if you need to add any additional accessories. These are optional extras, but they are there to ensure your shipment is secured in transit. Two common accessories are pallet collars and pallet wrapping.

Overall, there are many factors that will help determine which pallet to buy. 

Learn which wooden pallets will meet your needs

Ensuring your select the correct pallets for your needs is of vital business importance. This can help you maximise and protect shipments, making sure they arrive at their intended destination whilst not costing you the world.

There are so many different pallets available it’s sometimes hard to know which one you should order for your business.

Do you need a heat treated pallet for instance? Or should you buy UK or Euro standard sizes? Maybe you’re unsure if you should buy new or used?

Whatever your requirements then the following will help shed some light on the nuances and complexities of the pallet world and help you make an informed decision for your next pallet purchase.


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This guide will give you everything you need to make an informed decision when ordering your first or next pallet order. From types, construction materials, load capacities to heat treatment and pallet accessories.

Chapter 1: What is a Wooden Pallet?
How understanding pallet construction materials can save you money

Chapter 2: Types of Pallet
How to pick the right type of pallet to improve your shipping abilities

Chapter 3: Pallet Sizes
How to picking the right size pallet can save you money on shipping costs

Chapter 4: ISPM / Heat Treated Pallets
Don’t fall foul of hygiene shipping laws, make sure you understand the implications of ISPM 15

Chapter 5: Pallet Options
How different pallet sources can affect your budgets

Chapter 6: Pallet Accessories
How to protect your shipment with these pallet accessories

Chapter 7: Pick Your Pallet Flow Chart
How to quickly select the best pallet for your needs