Broadening your business into the export marketing is an exciting time and exporting your products can lead to many new opportunities for your business! If you’re planning to export your products here’s what you need to know about the requirements for international shipping pallets.

Heat Treated Shipping Pallets

As most countries have restrictions on timber pallets one of the most important requirements for international shipping pallets is that the pallets used are heat treated.

Heat treating pallets kills any bugs in the wood and following the treatment the pallets can be stamped with ISPM-15 certification. Heat treated pallets help protect the world’s forests from the damages caused by introduced insects and other pests. Unlike other processes used to clear wooden pallets of bugs and pests, heat treatment doesn’t use any chemicals.

Dimensions for International Shipping Pallets

Whether you’re exporting to the UK, US, New Zealand, Singapore, China or any other country the shipping pallets you use need to match the size dimensions required by the country you are exporting to. This applies to both timber and plastic pallets.

You will need to confirm the size of pallet required with the relevant country you are shipping to, along with their paperwork and other requirements, however the sizes you will be looking to confirm are:

Euro Pallets

Euro pallets, also known as EPAL pallets, are the standard pallet type as specified by the European Pallet Association for the export of goods to Europe. The pallets size is 1200 x 800 mm. If your business exports products into Europe, it is crucial transporting the goods with pallets that are approved locally.


For exporting to the UK the pallet size is 1200 x 1000 mm. There’s useful information on the UK export market on the ATIC website, including important information on tariffs and regulations.

US Export Pallets

Pallet size for the US is 1200 x 1000 mm. And you can find details on the US market, including processing, duties, taxes and fees, on the  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website.

FINPAL and Asia

Finland has Finnish pallets of 1000 x 12000 mm and you’ll find some helpful export market information for Finland on the ATIC website. If you need information on exporting int


For exporting to Asia it’s 1100 x 1100 mm shipping pallets.

Using the wrong pallet for your international shipping can cause significant delays to your delivery while it’s stuck in quarantine. Worst case, your product is destroyed.

If you need pallets for international shipping get in touch with our team!