How many pallets fit in a container?

A frequently asked question is how many containers will fit in a shipping container. In this article, we answer the question of how many containers fit in a 20 and 40 foot container. Many goods that are transported by ocean container are placed vertically or horizontally on pallets, most of which are made of wood. Pallets are probably the most frequently used method of packing in freight transport.
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The most common type of pallet is the Euro pallet: 31.5 in wide x 47.24 in long (80 cm x 120 cm). Pallets are also available with a dimension of 40 in x 48 in (1.016 m x 1.219 m). This type of pallet is most commonly used in North America. Another size of pallet that is used is 39.37 in x 47.24 in (1.00 m x 1.200 m), which is most commonly used in Europe and Asia and is actually comparable to the 40 in x 48 in (1.016 m x 1.219 m) pallet.

How many pallets fit in a 20ft container?

A 20ft 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 40ft container?

A 40ft 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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