Pallet sizes explained

Do you know your half pallet from your quarter pallet? How about the difference between a euro pallet and a standard UK pallet? If you send palletised goods, you may have discovered that it’s not always easy to establish the correct and most cost-effective way of declaring your freight. Pallet networks typically define pallet sizes (and therefore prices) according to different weights and dimensions and these may vary, depending on the pallet network your pallet will be distributed through.

Your consignment may be classed as a full pallet, half pallet, euro, quarter or micro pallet, and by correctly declaring your freight, you can avoid unnecessary additional costs. For example, if you declare your freight as a half pallet, when it’s actually a quarter pallet, you’ll end up paying more than you should.

What’s more, what one haulier defines as a ‘full pallet’, another may refer to as a ‘half’ pallet, so by shopping around you could find you can make significant cost savings, just by choosing a pallet delivery partner whose pallet size selection best matches your consignment.

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What is the size of a standard pallet?

This is a question the team at K&R Mason get asked a lot and it refers to the pallet footprint, including the goods stacked on the pallet. Our standard pallet footprint is 1.2m x 1.2m, although most pallet distribution companies (like K&R Mason) will ship oversize pallets, as long as they are moveable by forklift or pump truck.

What size is my pallet consignment?

To obtain an accurate quote for the shipping of your consignment, you need to know the width, depth, height and weight of each pallet being sent. If the goods overhang the physical pallet, you will need to let K&R know the total size (including overhang).

However, it’s important to note that not all pallet networks offer the same range of pallet size options. If you regularly send lightweight goods, you should enquire about half pallet options. Similarly, if you often send several parcels in a single consignment, you’ll want to choose a pallet delivery partner that offers a quarter pallet or micro option to ensure you benefit from the most cost-effective solution.

K&R Mason are members of two award-winning pallet networks, UPN and TPN. This gives our customers a wide range of options when choosing the right pallet size for their goods.

The tables below illustrate the height and weight classifications for the pallet sizes offered by K&R Mason:

Pallet sizes and classifications:

TPN Pallet Sizes
TPN pallet sizes

UPN Pallet Sizes

UPN pallet sizes

How to send a pallet

Regardless of which pallet size applies, you’ll need a specialist pallet delivery company, such as K&R Mason, to transport your palletised goods.

What is a pallet network?

A pallet network is made up of a number of pallet distribution companies based in various locations throughout the UK which all work together in a ‘hub and spoke’ system to exchange and deliver customers’ freight. By being part of a pallet network such as TPN or UPN, K&R Mason provide our customers with an efficient and cost-effective pallet collection and delivery service with extensive geographic coverage.

UK pallet distribution and collection

K&R Mason’s UK pallet distribution service offers a variety of sizes of pallets, including quarter pallets (up to 300kgs and 0.6m in height) and micro pallets. From our Croydon depot, we deliver to and collect from anywhere in the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man or Channel Islands.

Whether you need a next day, economy, timed or Saturday delivery, our UK pallet delivery and collection service will ensure your goods get to their destination exactly when they’re needed. What’s more, with real time track and trace, you can track the status of your consignment every step of the way.

European pallet distribution and collection

If your business regularly imports and exports goods to and from Europe, K&R’s European pallet delivery and collection service from Croydon will provide you with the peace of mind that your goods will arrive on time at their European destination and in perfect condition. Whether it’s a single pallet to Spain or multiple pallets to Germany, K&R can help.

Find out more about our UK and European pallet distribution service

If you have a query about sending pallets in the UK or Europe, or need help working out which pallet size is most appropriate for your goods, please call our customer service team on 0208 665 1600 or email We’d be happy to advise you and provide a quote.

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