Guide to choose right pallets

ByFelice Tan

Guide to choose right pallets

Pallet is a flat transport structure that supports goods in a stable fashion while being lifted by a forklift or pallet jack.

Benefit of pallet:-

  • Pallets allow a company to use air space in addition to floor space, reducing warehousing costs.
  • To reduce handling time with a savings in man hours and a decrease in overtime wages.
  • Damage to goods may be totally eliminated with the installation of a palletization program.
  • Mechanical material handling helps to cut down on personal accidents often found with manual handling and lifting.
  • Pilferage is reduced when individual items are strapped or wrapped to pallets in unitized bonded loads.

Pallets are made from various types of materials. The wood pallet dominates the marketplace, followed by plastic pallets, Compress wood pallet, paper pallets, and metal pallets.



Wooden Pallets:-

Wooden pallets can be found in various designs. In general, wooden pallets are used for heavier products in a one-way flow. Untreated wood are not compliant with ISPM 15. Due to the International Plant Protection Convention (abbreviated IPPC), most pallets shipped across national borders must be made of materials that are incapable of being a carrier of invasive species of insects and plant diseases.



The standards for these pallets are specified in ISPM 15.
To be compliant the pallets must meet debarked standards, and must be treated by either of the following means under the supervision of an approved agency:-

  • Heat treatment – The wood must be heated to achieve a minimum core temperature of 56 °C for at least 30 minutes.
    -> Pallets treated via this method bear the initials HT near the IPPC logo.
  • Chemical fumigation – The wood must be fumigated with methyl bromide.
    – >Pallets treated via this method bear the initials MB near the IPPC logo.


Pallets such as Plastic, compressed wood, paper & metal pallet do not need IPPC approval, and are considered to be exempt from ISPM 15 regulations.

Plastic Pallets:-

The vast majority of plastic pallets are made from HDPE (high density polyethylene) and PP (polypropylene). The distinction between virgin resins and recycled resins is immensely important. Virgin resins are typically more durable on the molecular level than recycled resins, and they perform better when put through the correct design and processes. Plastic pallets are a complying with ISPM15, it stable and safe packaging solution for all transport applications and can be reused numerous times, and resist weathering, rot, chemicals and corrosion.


Compressed Wood Pallets:-

Compressed wood pallets or Press wood pallets are moulded through high temperature and pressure processes into one solid piece from dried wood fibres. Compressed wood pallets are recognized worldwide as complying with ISPM 15 No risk of injury from nails or screws. Easily stackable and nest able highly suited to exports and for use as air freight.


Paper Pallets:– Paper pallets, also referred to as “Eco pallets”, are often used for light loads. Paper pallets are also used where recycling and easy disposal is important. Paper pallet are cleaner, safer, and lighter and provide a cost-saving eco-friendly alternative to other pallet materials.


Metal Pallets:

Metal pallets are usually used for transporting heavy goods,
for air-freight, at-sea storage and long-term outdoor storage. Metal pallet are durable, strength & good for sanitation.


The chart is the comparison of pallet:-

(** All price & specification for reference only)

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