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If you have wondered how many pallets fit in a shipping container, this article answers the question for 20 ft and 40 ft containers. Most goods shipped by sea container are stacked vertically or horizontally on pallets, which are often made of wood. Pallets are probably the most frequently used method of packing in freight transport.
The most common type of pallet used in North America is 40 x 48 in (1016 x 1219 mm), also known as a GMA pallet. However, the most common type of pallet is the Euro pallet, which is 31.5 x 47.24 in (800 x 1200 mm). Another pallet size commonly used in Europe and Asia is 39.37 x 47.24 (1000 x 1200 mm), which is comparable to the GMA pallet.
How many pallets fit in a 20 ft container?
A 20 ft container can hold between 10 and 11 pallets, depending on the size and type of cargo on the pallet.
How many pallets fit in a 40 ft container?
A 40 ft container can hold between 20 and 24 pallets, depending on the size and type of cargo on the pallet. The illustration below shows roughly how many pallets the different containers can hold.
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