5 Tips to Help You Choose the Right Pallet for Your Shipment

When you’re shipping a product and need to find the right pallet, there are many considerations that you need to think about. Your first step should always be to contact your supplier or manufacturer of the product, as they will likely have expert advice on how best to package up their products for transport. In general, though, there are a few key things that you want to look at when choosing a pallet:


The right pallet size you choose should be appropriate for the size of your shipment. If you’re shipping a large item, such as an industrial machine or piece of machinery, using a larger pallet with more surface area to fit all of your product on one platform makes sense. However, using a smaller platform will work well if you’re shipping smaller items like office supplies or apparel accessories. There aren’t many items being shipped at once.

Also, keep in mind how much space is available inside your truck. It is a big part of deciding how big or small to make your wooden shipping boards. You want them big enough that everything fits comfortably. Still, small enough so that they don’t take up too much room and leave plenty of room for other cargo as well!


The first step in choosing a pallet is determining its strength. You should consider your shipment max capacity before deciding on a pallet to hold it.

The best way to test the strength of your chosen pallet is by using a load cell or scale, which measures how much weight it can handle before breaking. The following factors are important when evaluating whether or not a particular pallet will support your shipment:


A durable pallet is made of strong materials and built to last. It will be resistant to damage and less likely to break, which saves you money in the long run. Durability is also important because it ensures that your product arrives safely at its destination.

As a result, choosing durable pallets is more cost-effective than buying cheap ones that break easily or get damaged during shipping. If a customer receives their package in damaged condition, they might return it or refuse delivery altogether. And neither option is good for business!

Weight Capacity

Weight capacity refers to how much weight a pallet can hold. A pallet’s weight capacity is determined by its size and the thickness of its wood. For example, a 48×40/48×30 inch (1/2″ thick) or 48×48/48×36 inch (5/8″ thick) standard wooden pallet will have a maximum weight capacity of 2,000 lbs. In contrast, an IBC-compliant steel or plastic container may have a maximum load limit of 5,000 lbs., depending on its size and construction material.

The weight capacity for each type of wood also varies based on how it has been treated: untreated pine will typically hold up to 1,500 pounds per square foot; treated pine can support up to 2,500 pounds per square foot; southern yellow pine has an average maximum load limit between 2,500 – 3,000 pounds per square foot depending on grade & species; douglas fir generally supports around 4200 lbs.; spruce & hemlock are somewhere between 3500 – 4200 lbs.; red cedar averages about 2500#s per sqft while white cedar tops out at 3500#s per sqft (although this depends greatly upon which part(s) were used).


The price of a pallet is an important factor in choosing the right pallet for your shipment. However, it’s not the only thing to consider when choosing a pallet. You also want to make sure that you choose a strong enough and durable enough one so that it can handle whatever you need it to hold or carry during transit.

You will also want to ensure that whatever type of wood was used in making your new wooden pallets is strong enough for its intended use. Otherwise, they could break down during transit before reaching their destination!


We hope this guide has helped you better understand which is the right pallet for your shipment needs. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us!