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What are the standard pallet sizes in the UK?

When it comes to buying or renting pallets in the UK, there’s no doubt that things can quickly become confusing. What you’re storing or transporting, how heavy it weighs and where you’re sending it can all play a big part in the type of pallet you opt for – so it pays to be in the know from the start!

Whilst there certainly is one ‘standard’ pallet size in the UK, it’s not all quite as simple or straight forward as that. Here at John K Philips, we have been specialising in pallet delivery and storage for over 40 years – so if you’re looking to hire pallets in the UK, stick around to find out everything you need to know!

Is there a ‘standard’ UK pallet size – and how do you know it’s right for you?

To cut a long story short – yes, there is one ‘standard’ pallet size used commonly in the UK. Typically, a UK standard pallet size is 1200 X 1000mm, however these can come in a range of types and with a variety of weight capacities, so a standard pallet may not actually be the right choice for you!

How much weight can a standard UK pallet carry?

When it comes to pallet delivery, perhaps the most important factor to consider is the haulage itself, as this can be the determining factor in the type of pallet you will require. It is for this reason that you’ll want to get familiar with the different kinds of standard UK pallet size.

UK Standard Grade 1 (also referred to as Grade A)

  • Typically, capable of holding up to 1 tonne in weight
  • Identifiable by its big boards and narrow gaps
  • Sometimes referred to as a Perimeter Based Pallet

UK Standard Grade 2 (also referred to as Grade B)

  • Typically, capable of holding up to 750kg in weight
  • Range of options available with this type of pallet, including perimeter based pallets which are best for racking, or non-perimeter based which don’t have any extra base boards.

UK Standard Grade 3 (also referred to as Grade C)

  • Most commonly used for lightweight haulage typically managing anything between 200-500kg in weight
  • Typically have thin boards with more gaps in between

This is a rough guide to the UK standard pallet sizes, but we always recommend you discuss your specific requirements with your supplier first before committing to any type of pallet.

Contact us for all your pallet delivery needs!

If you’re looking for a reliable pallet delivery service, then you won’t find anywhere more knowledgeable about the industry than our team at John K Philips! Our St Helens transport depot offers a range of services from haulage and storage to track and trace and logistics – so whatever you need, we can help!

Why not give us a call on 01744 751000 or simply fill in our short contact form and one of our team will get back to you as soon as possible!