How many pallets fit in a container?

Vast majority of foreign trade transactions are completed via sea shipments and 90% of sea transportation is carried out with containerized shipments in today's global economy.

As a result knowing how many pallets could fit in a container is a critical piece of information that every exporter and importer should be familiar with.

Today I am going to explain how many pallets fit in a container...But..wait a second...

Actually there are several pallet types available on the market. Euro pallets, industrial pallets and asia pallets are the most common pallet types that is in circulation. 

In addition to pallet types, there are more than a dozen of container types and sizes in use in international logistics.

The combination of different pallets and containers makes it harder to create a simple list of pallet amounts per container. Right!

On this page you can find various examples of pallet loading amounts for different container types.

How many Euro Pallets fit in a 40 FT container?

EURO pallet or eur-pallet is one of the most frequently prefered pallet type which is available in international sea and multimodal transportation.

Overwhelming proportion of European companies use euro pallet in their import and export businesses as euro pallet is the standard European pallet as specified by the European Pallet Association (EPAL). 

In some instances EURO pallet is also called EPAL pallet.

Today I would like to explain you that how many euro pallets or EPAL pallets (800 x 1200 mm) you can fit into a 40 FT container.

How many standard pallets fit in a 40 FT container?

Standard pallets are mainly used by US and Canadian companies, for this reason standard pallets are also known as North American Pallets. 

Another name of the standard pallet is industrial pallet.

Today I would like to explain you that how many standard pallets or industrial pallets (1000 x 1200 mm) you can fit into a regular 40 FT container in one row loading plan?

What are the dimensions of a standard pallet and what are the internal dimensions of a 40ft container?

The dimensions of a standard pallet are 1000mm width and 1200mm length. If you are in USA you should use 39.37” width and 47.24” length. 

The internal dimensions of a 40ft container are 2352mm width and 12032mm length. If you are in USA you should use 7 feet 8 5/8 inch internal width and 39 feet 5 5/8 inch internal length.


What are the main differences between 40FT and 40HQ containers?

In most cases exporters and importers know 20ft and 40ft containers but they are not familiar with 40Hq containers.

Today I would like to introduce you the 40hq container by comparing its main features to the 40ft standard container.

What does general purpose freight container mean?

General purpose freight container is the most common container type used in global sea transportation. 

These types of containers are totally enclosed so that the goods inside the container have no contact with the outer environment during the carriage. 

They have rigid roofs, rigid side walls, rigid end walls and a floor. At least one of theirs end walls equipped with doors allowing easy loading and unloading of the goods. 

As said earlier they intended to be suitable for the transport of cargo of the greatest possible variety. As a result they are the most common freight container types in circulation.