Plastic Pallets - The Ultimate Guide

All you need to know about plastic pallets

Many businesses are switching from traditional wooden pallets to plastic pallets with Exporta.

This guide will help you make an informed decision for your business on switching to plastic pallets. Helping you grow profit margins, improve logistics, reduce shipping costs and more!

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The Benefits of Plastic Pallets

Lightweight - saving money on airfreight and easier for manual handling

Hygienic - ideal for food and pharmaceutical industries

Easy To Clean - can be steam cleaned or washed

Consistency Of Size & Strength - perfect for automation with guaranteed tested load capabilities

Environmentally Friendly - made from recycled plastic, which is also recyclable!

Aesthetically Pleasing - can be used in point of sale displays

Can Be Personalised To Your Brand - need a specific colour or your logo on each pallet, no problem! We can even add barcoding labels for RFID Tracking, ensuring no pallets are lost in transit.

Easy Storage - nestable plastic pallets can fit four times as many compared to wooden pallets of the same height.

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Plastic vs Wooden Pallets

Plastic Pallets Are Lighter  

If you’re shipping goods via air-freight and using wood, then you’re probably paying WAY too much for your carriage. You could save up to £45 per pallet per carriage, particularly with lightweight plastic pallets.

Plastic Pallets Last A Long Time

Because of their construction, plastic pallets have a bit of flex in them. This means they are less susceptible to cracks. They last much longer than wooden pallets and save you a lot of admin and time. Plastic pallets last up to 10 years and up to 10 times longer in a closed-loop system than wooden pallets. How much of a saving is that for you?

Plastic Pallets Are An Investment

Wooden pallets are a cost – you never see that money again. However, plastic pallets are an investment. Due to their design and durability, they are much more cost-effective overall.

You could experience ROI in under 5 weeks on a busy pooling system. We've done the numbers - See here.

Plastic Pallets Use Less Space

Nestable plastic pallets slot inside each other when they’re not in use.  This means they use about 1/3 of the space of a wooden pallet when idle. Four times as many nestable plastic pallets can fit in one stack compared to wooden pallets. What will you do with all that extra space saved?

Plastic Pallets Are Safer

Wooden pallets require careful handling, as there is a significant risk of splinters and injury from broken bits of wood. Save on PPE equipment and in costly downtime with plastic pallets, as there are no sharp edges, nails or splinters.

Plastic Pallets Are Uniform 

No matter how hard they try, each wooden pallet is different. Plastic, however, comes out of the mould exactly the same every single time, which ensures the smooth running of production lines and safety within any storage area. Plastic is IDEAL for automation.

Plastic Pallets Can Carry Over 7 Tonnes

Did you know that plastic pallets can hold over 7 Tonnes in weight?  Because wood has flaws in it, there is a theoretical load limit. Plastic suffers no such flaws. What items could you put on a heavy-duty plastic pallet?

Plastic Pallets Are Hygienic 

If you operate in a food or medical environment, then you’ll want to make sure you don’t get any ingress or contamination. Plastic pallets are far more hygienic than wooden pallets. With no collection points for dust, dirt, or mould, their surfaces are easier to keep thoroughly clean.

Plastic Pallets Are Exempt From ISPM15 Regulations

Plastic pallets, boxes, crates, and containers are naturally hygienic, and parasites, bugs, and fungi cannot live in or attach to them. This means that they do not require any specific certification for exporting to the EU, or any other country for that matter.

Plastic Pallets Are More Environmentally Friendly 

Most plastic pallets are manufactured from recycled materials and can still be recycled. Where virgin plastic is used for food/pharmaceutical/hygienic applications, these can also be recycled at the end of their life.

Plastic Pallets Are Impervious to Moisture

Unlike wooden and Presswood pallets, plastic pallets will not absorb moisture and this eliminates damages to palletised goods and reduces mould and bacteria forming.

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So what pallet do I need?

So what pallet do you need for your business? That depends on the application, if they are being used for export or automation, the type of pallet, and where they will be going.

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Distribution Pallets

Ideal for use in a large range of industries including logistics and automotive businesses, distribution pallets are utilised for highly efficient transportation of goods. A cost-effective and convenient transportation solution.

Display Pallets

Ideal for displaying products in stores and other Points of Sale. 

Automation Pallets

Automation pallets are ideal for storage applications where plastic is a necessity and are particularly suitable for the meat industry. 

Food Grade Hygienic Pallets

Designed to minimise contamination, these pallets are easy to clean and are ideal for food and pharmaceutical industries.

Container Pallets

Designed to fit two side-by-side within a shipping container. Stackable and space-efficient, saving money on return costs. 

H1 Pallets

Impact-resistant pallets, ideal for automation, storage and most applications. 

Pool Pallets

These plastic pallets are specifically designed to be strong enough to carry enormous weight and withstand general wear and tear along with being light enough to easily move by hand when empty.

Plastic Pallet Recycling Scheme

As a responsible supplier, we can arrange for the collection of plastic pallets and containers that have reached their end of life, for FREE.

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