How many pallets fit into a 20 ft or 40 ft container ?

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This is a common question for new and existing importers. When storing pallets into shipping containers there are some fundamentals that must be taken into consideration.

1. Identify the type of pallets, as there are 2 types which are the most used, the standard pallet or the euro pallet and each pallet will vary in dimensions.
2. It is important to identify the size of the shipping container, either a  20 FCL or 40 FCL. (Full Container Load)

When storing your pallets, they should be packed tightly into your shipping container. Depending on the pallet and size, the number of pallets you will be able to load into a 20 FCL or 40 FCL will also vary.


The internal dimensions for both a 20 FCL and 40 FCL are as follows:


20 FCL: Inside Cubic Capacity 33 cubic meters
20 FCL: Total Gross Weight 24,000 Kg

40 FCL: Inside Cubic Capacity 67 cubic meters
40 FCL: Total Gross Weight 30,480 Kgs

Pallets come in 3 sizing for imports/export.


– Standard : 1200 x 1000 mm
– Euro: 1200 x 800 mm
– Australian : 1165 x 1165 mm



Most common pallets used in industrial imports and export shipments. Their configuration is as for both 20 & 40 FCL are as follows:

Standard Pallets



‘Most commonly used in Europe, Latin America, UK , India and New Zealand . The Euro pallet comes in a different sizes and name , EURO 1, EURO 2, EURO 3 and EURO 6 are the most common
Their configuration for both 20 and 40 FCL are as follows:

Euro Pallets



These pallets are used mainly for warehousing and racking palettes.