British Pallets

The most popular British pallet is the 1200 x 1000 mm, 9-block, with a full-perimeter base. That design is considered by many as the National UK pallet, though it is only one of many UK designs and does not even have a dedicated British Standard to formalise it. It is simply listed as one of five permitted modular sizes in ISO 6780 and EN 13382. (The British 1200 x 1000mm footprint originally came from the 1960s metric conversion of the dominant North American 48" x 40" 2-way stringer/bearer pallet). From the outset the UK mainly used the 9-block design with a full perimeter base, much as shown in the illustration, with the fastenings, thicknesses and wood species evolving over time.

work1The annual UK timber pallet production of around 55 million units now includes many overseas pallet designs such as the Europallet, CP range, French VMF and US GMA pallets. In fact we probably make and use more designs than most other European countries. In the worldwide push to reduce waste this may not be a merit, although, to balance this, there has been significant UK variety reduction in the last 10 years. The UK also has a healthy pallet recycling industry and put a lot of effort into the creation of the timber pallet recycling standard BS EN ISO 18613.

Terminology. Throughout this website we use the modern convention to define which side of a pallet is1.1b_400 length and which side is width. The rule is that irrespective of how long or short a bearer or stringer is, the side that the bearer or stringerboard runs is the LENGTH and length is always written first. In the pallet drawing above you are looking at the pallet LENGTH. in the pallet facing, this is the WIDTH. So if the pallet here has 1000 mm deckboards and 1200 mm bearers it is described as a 1200 x 1000 mm pallet. This rule is well established commercially in Europe and North America and European (CEN) and Worldwide (ISO) standards have adopted this convention.

This PalletLink website contains 200 Datasheets on pallet and packaging designs and issues raised by manufacturers and users over a period of time. The listing below makes no attempt to prioritise these Datasheets, it is simply a collection of designs and pallet topics - European designs, USA/Canadian designs, UK rental pool, NATO defence pallets and many others are covered over the 53 page website. Members needing information not listed should try QUICK SEARCH or contact Palletlink. The hotline is a free service to members and we have more Datasheets and UK pallet specifications in draft form ready to be e-mailed to enquirers or added to the site in due course. An index of European pallet standards and popular commercial designs is downloadable below. For overseas pallet standards and commercial pallet designs, if you know it, just enter the number into QUICK SEARCH or enter a keyword, or else peruse the PUBLISHED STANDARDS page.

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PDF11r White, Food grade and Grade A pallets explained. (PDF 72kb)
PDF11s Pallet storage costs as unit loads (PDF 70kb)
PDF19a Internationally conforming pallets - entry and dimensional requirements. (PDF 55kb)
PDF21c List of pallet tests in BS EN ISO 8611 - 2011. (PDF 81kb)
PDF21f Every pallet has more than one safe working load (PDF 161kb)
PDF21h Bridged loads increase safe pallet payload. (PDF 159kb)
PDF22b Customers requiring pallets made to obsolete BS 2629 (PDF 63kb)
PDF22c Four pallet specifications 1200 x 1000 perimeter base 4 way entry. (PDF 23kb)
PDF22d The 'Spicer' printers pallet specification. (PDF 117kb)
PDF24c Six-high palletised casks of whisky - safety requirements. (PDF 13kb)
PDF25a Stacking heights for loaded pallets. (PDF 64kb)
PDF25d Optimum stacking patterns for goods on pallets. (PDF 56kb)
PDF25g Stacking heights for empty pallets stored externally. (PDF 13kb)
PDF30a LIST OF MAIN BS EN ISO PALLET standards. (PDF 115kb)
PDF34a1 Kitemark, Keymark, CE Mark and ISO 9000. (PDF 109kb)
PDF52b Block pallets - safe nail loads. (PDF 129kb)
PDF71d Imported wood species suitable for packaging. (PDF 141kb)
PDF77e Introduction to Moisture Meters for wood. (PDF 126kb)
PDF79e Wood quality grades for pallets and packaging EN 12246 summary. (PDF 20kb)
PDF82d2 Dew point in storage areas (PDF 207kb)
PDF89d Special requirements in the production of wood packaging for foodstuffs. (PDF 66kb)
PDF93b Terminology for pallets. (PDF 249kb)
PDF94b Marking of pallets with safe load is not recommended. (PDF 64kb)
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