Pallet sizes vary, and are usually measured in millimetres and kilograms.
One way of determining their weight is by identifying the type of pallet it is and the material it’s made from.
On average, wooden pallets can weigh anywhere between 15kg and 70kg. Plastic pallets, on the other hand, are much lighter.
Lightweight plastic pallets will weigh as little as 4kg.
But what is the best option for your business needs?
Let’s take a look now below:
How much does a shipping pallet weight?
Lightweight Plastic Pallets
If you’re unsure where to buy lightweight plastic pallets, Eco Pallets New Zealand offers various options with different weights depending on the intended purpose and design. Take the nested ECO-1210SL 9LEG pallet, for example; it weighs 6.4kg, yet delivers maximum strength, durability, and resistance. It’s one of the largest pallets in our arsenal, measuring in at 1200 mm wide and 1000 mm long.
What’s more, the pallet is made with recycled PPC and can hold dynamic weights of up to 600kg and static weights of up to 200kg.
The ECO-1210 SL weighs in at 7.5kg. The surface is smooth, flat and guarantees enough slip-resistance to enable easy loading and moving of freight.
The slightly smaller ECO-1100 pallet works wonders. It weighs 7.5kg, with measurements of 1200 mm in width and 1000 mm in length. It’s still made from recycled PPC and it does a great job at supporting static weights of 3000kg and dynamic weights of 3000kg.
Heavy Duty Pallets
With heavy duty pallets there are notches at the end for easy loading and can handle the static weight of 10,000kg and dynamic weights up to 2000kg. It may be the heaviest series in stock, which might be discouraging to some, however, the weight capacity it allows is an indisputable advantage. For this reason, it’s important to consult with plastic pallet suppliers and manufacturers who can offer advice on which pallet best serves your business needs.
Pallet Weight Considerations
There are various plastic pallets for sale, but there are specific types that best suit the criteria and needs of business owners. While some may want to save costs, it’s essential to consider certain aspects before choosing which pallet to purchase:
- The various freight weights the pallet is expected to hold
- The nature of the load; static or dynamic
- How the pallet will be transported and the cost of transportation
Most times, shipping costs are calculated by the overall weight of the freight to be transported. This fact influences most suppliers who move goods locally or internationally to purchase lighter pallets. However, the pallet must be able to support the materials being transported. While wooden pallets bear the most weight, plastic pallets are more durable, stackable, weather-resistant, and easier to maintain.
Additionally, when transporting large goods, the weight of the materials and the pallet could collectively incur more costs. For example, a shipping pallet that weighs less won’t only be a crucial cost-saving measure, it also makes lifting and stacking each box less problematic.
Likewise, lightweight plastic pallets equally work great for suppliers that mostly transport goods via trucks or trailers. A lighter load translates to less weight on the tires and will likely be more fuel-efficient as well.
Importantly, suppliers that export pallets must satisfy all ISPM conditions. As such, it’s essential to stay up to date with the latest regulations before attempting to make international pallet shipments.
Wood pallets versus plastic pallets
Wood may be the pallet material some suppliers consider because it weighs more than plastic. However, there are some downsides to choosing wood over plastic pallets. First, there is no opportunity to save on weight costs.
In addition to this, wood is harder to maintain because it absorbs moisture when left in wet conditions. No doubt, humid warehouses, and storage facilities would end up taking a negative toll on the wooden pallets, and soon enough, they would be rendered unusable.
While the re-usability of wooden pallets may not be an issue for some, other factors must be considered. Since wood takes in moisture easily, mould and mildew can start to develop, which could spell disaster for the products being transported.
Plastic pallets, on the other hand, are more moisture and weather-resistant. Cleaning is easy and they can be reused over an extended period of time. Equally, they are the more hygienic option, especially when transporting food and pharmaceuticals.
Where to buy plastic pallets?
As the economical choice in the long run, more business owners are choosing plastic over wood. If you are looking to buy pallets in New Zealand, contact us to discuss the pallets that would best serve your business needs.
To find out which pallets suit your supply chain, get in touch with our experienced pallet suppliers for more information and a personalised quote.
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