The answer to how many pallets fit in a container can be answered by first establishing what kind of pallets you have, and what size container they will be loaded into.

There are two standard pallet sizes known as europallets and standard pallets.  A europallet measures 1.2m x 0.8m, whereas a standard pallet is 1.2m x 1.0m.

A 20’ container is exactly that: it measures twenty foot long, and a 40’ container measures forty foot long.  Most containers will be a standard size – that is they will measure about 8 foot wide, and 8 foot 6 tall.  The only standard exception to this is a ‘high cube’ which is 9 foot 6 in height (great for tall cargo).


Europallets (1.2m x 0.8m)

11 europallets will fit into a standard 20’ container

You can get 25 europallets in a standard 40’ container


Standard pallets (1.2m x 1.0m)

You can fit 10 standard pallets in a standard 20’ container

21 standard pallets fit into a standard 40’ container


There are, however, all manner of other kind of pallets and other sizes of containers, for example palletwide (although these are usually quite rare).  Get in touch if you require further information of how many pallets fit into a container if they do not fit the standard specifications above.

If you have a shipment to arrange that is palletised, then get in touch, we can arrange for loading into a container, sea freight and clearance at destination.  Or if you have goods which you need palletising for shipment, we can also arrange for this for you.

To get in touch email our team on or give us a call +44 2392 756 575.


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