Pallets are a perfect way to transport goods around the world. They’re strong, stackable and come in various sizes and shapes. In this article, we’ll tell you all about the Australian standard pallet size.

What is a pallet?

A pallet is a horizontal platform typically used in warehouses and factories to move goods around, also known as skids. Australian Standard Pallets (ASPs) are typically closed pallets and have standardized dimensions. Australian Standard Pallets and are commonly used throughout Australia by electric forklift and lithium-ion forklift models such as the heli lithium-ion forklift.

What is the standard size for an Australian pallet?

The standard size for an Australian pallet is 1165mm x 1165mm. This size pallet is known as a ‘ISO 1A’ or ‘Industry Standard’ pallet.

standard size for an Australian pallet

What are the benefits of using a standard-size pallet?

There are many benefits of using a standard-size pallet, including the following:

  1. Increased Efficiency: Standard-size pallets allow for increased efficiency in the warehouse or storage facility, as they can be easily stacked and stored. This also allows for quicker and easier retrieval of goods when needed.
  2. Cost Savings: Standard-size pallets can help to save on costs, as they are often less expensive than custom-sized pallets. They can also help reduce the amount of wasted space in the warehouse or storage facility.
  3. Improved Safety: Standard-size pallets can help improve safety in the workplace, as they are less likely to tip over or cause injuries when moving around.
  4. Environmental Benefits: Standard-size pallets often have environmental benefits, as they can be recycled or reused more easily than custom-sized pallets.
  5. Reduced Damage: Having all pallets the same size will fit perfectly into storage racks and on trucks, reducing the risk of damage during transit.

How many standard Australian pallets fit into a container?

A standard Australian pallet is 1.2m x 1.2m, and a 20-foot shipping container is 2.4m x 2.4m. This means a 20-foot container can fit 22 standard Australian pallets side-by-side, with room to spare. If you’re shipping goods on pallets, a 20-foot container is a good option.

What are Australian pallet racking standards, and what governs them?

Australian pallet racking standards govern the use of pallets in storage and transportation. These standards are set by the Australian Standard AS/NZS 4084-2012. This standard covers the design, manufacture and testing of pallets for use in Australia and New Zealand. The standard is designed to ensure that pallets are safe and fit for purpose. It covers both new and used pallets, as well as the repair and refurbishment of existing pallets.

The Australian Standard AS/NZS 4084-2012 is based on the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard ISO 8611-1:2009. This standard specifies the requirements for new, used and repaired wooden pallets used in storage, transportation or handling operations and applies to all types of wood, including hardwoods and softwoods.

The Australian Standard AS/NZS 4084-2012 sets the minimum pallet design, manufacture and testing requirements. It includes material requirements, dimensions, strength, stability, durability and marking. The standard also includes guidance on repairing and refurbishing damaged or worn pallets.

The Australian Standard AS/NZS 4084-2012 is mandatory in Australia and New Zealand and is enforced by government agencies such as the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development Australia and WorkSafe New Zealand. Compliance with the standard is required by law in both countries.

Other voluntary standards relevant to Australian pallet racking include the AS/NZS 1554 series, which covers the welding of steel structures, and the AS/NZS 1657 series, which covers the design and construction of mezzanine floors.

Closed pallet vs open pallet?

There are two main types of pallets: closed pallets and open pallets. Closed pallets have all four sides enclosed, while open pallets have at least one side open. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages.

Closed pallets

Closed pallets

Closed pallets are more structurally sound than open pallets. This makes them ideal for storing heavy or delicate items that must be protected from the elements or damage. However, closed pallets can be more expensive than open pallets and harder to clean because of their enclosed design.

Our range of Full Electric Straddle Leg Walkie Stackers are ideal for lifting and moving closed pallets.

Open pallets

Open pallets

Open pallets are less expensive than closed pallets and are easier to clean because of their open design. However, they are not as structurally sound as closed pallets and are not as good at protecting items from the elements or damage.

Our range of Full Electric Standard Leg Walkie Stackers are ideal for lifting and moving open pallets.

What is a CHEP pallet?

A CHEP pallet is a durable platform made of wood or plastic with a steel reinforcement bar at the bottom, designed for transporting goods. They are commonly used in warehouse and distribution applications, as well as for shipping and storing goods.

The standard size of a CHEP pallet in Australia is 1200mm x 1000mm x 144mm, and they are typically identifiable by their red or blue color. These pallets are reusable and can be used multiple times due to their durability.

You can rent CHEP pallets from a pallet company. Check with your preferred pallet supplier directly for more information regarding their rental regulations and terms and conditions.

CHEP pallet

Contact Jialift Australia for more information

Although Australian Standard Pallets are standardised and recommended for usage within Australia, there are numerous other pallet types available on the market including; Euro pallets and Japanese pallets. These pallets may be used if exporting good internationally. For more more information regarding these types of pallets, please contact our friendly team for more information.

If you have further questions regarding the Australian Standard Pallet Size, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our team at Jialift can also assist you further with any of your lifting equipment requirements, and supply the best materials handling equipment to suit your business.