Pallet Wide Containers are non-standard, uncommon containers with varying dimensions as compared to a standard Intermodal container. These are specially designed to accommodate more number of Euro-pallets, and thus, are common in the European continent. How is this container different? Why was it designed? Read on to discover.

Know the Pallet Wide Container

To understand pallet wide containers, we first need to understand the pallet and its sizes.

To define briefly, pallets are flat wooden structures. Heavy goods are placed on these pallets for easier movement and transportation with forklifts. Pallet sizes have been regulated by the ISO to ensure uniformity globally. However, some regions have their specific pallet sizes:

  • The most common pallet size is 40” x 48” (i.e. the American pallet size).
  • European pallets measure 40” x 47” approximately (i.e Euro-pallet).
  • Australian pallets are 46” x 46” approximately.

Pallet wide containers are designed to load in more number of European pallets in the container. Thus, dimensions of a standard ISO container were tweaked and made wider. They have 4 inches more internal width to accommodate the pallet size variation.

Due to the size difference, whereas a standard 40ft ISO container can load 25 Euro-pallets, a 40ft pallet wide container can load 30 pallets. You can understand the difference prominently in the following image:

Pallet Wide Container

Pallet Wide Container. photo from: chs-containergroup.de

Just like standard containers, pallet wide containers are also manufactured with steel but its floor is made with wooden planks for higher durability and friction coefficient.

Why Use Pallet Wide Containers?

Because these containers are more efficient than standard containers (especially for European pallets). Due to its size, it can accommodate more number of Euro-pallets. Also, the pallets are tightly secured in these containers, thus avoiding unnecessary movement. This reduces the risk of cargo damage due to stowing and accidental cargo slipping during transportation.

Financially, it brings down the operational and distribution costs by more than 15% because of reduced dispatch time, cost of product packaging, and avoiding accidental damage losses.

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Pallet Wide Containers: Dimensions

Containers are made according to standard sizes set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Mostly, pallet wide containers are 20ft tall, but they can also be 40ft standard, or 45ft high cube containers (depending on the requirements). Here are the internal measurements and capacity of these containers:

Measure 20ft PW 40ft PW
Internal length 5.89 m / 19.3 ft 12.03 m / 39.5 ft
Internal width 2.44 m / 8 ft 2.44 m / 8 ft
Internal height 2.39 m / 7.8 ft 2.39 m / 7.8 ft
Tare weight 2,400 kg / 5,291 lbs 3,800 kg / 8,377 lbs
Payload capacity 28,080 kg / 61,906 lbs 29,740 kg / 65,565 lbs
Cubic capacity 34.3 m3 / 1,213 cu ft 79.9 m3 / 2,786 cu ft

Pallet wide containers are great for shipping any type of cargo (just like intermodal containers) but are ideal for transporting euro-pallets and goods like raw material, machinery, tools, etc.

In terms of volume, how much can you fit in a 40ft pallet wide container?

  • 760 medium flower pots.
  • Or 610 standard package boxes.
  • Or the contents of two 4 bedroom houses

But, to simplify things in standard sizes: according to European pallet size (1.2m x 0.8m), you can fit in 30 pallet stacks in a 40ft high cube container. For American pallets (1.01m x 1.21m), it can fit 25 pallet stacks.

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Pallet Wide Containers are non-standard, uncommon containers with varying dimensions compared to a standard Intermodal container. These are specially designed to accommodate more number of Euro-pallets and are common in the European continent. How is this container different? Why was it designed? Read on to discover.
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