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Published on: 02 Feb 2024
What are Pallets?
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What are pallets?

A pallet is a flat structure that is used as a support base for packaging and transporting goods through a supply chain.

Pallets help to stack, protect and transport materials when they are handled by equipment transport such as pallet jacks and forklift trucks.

Pallets are produced from many different types of materials – wood, plastic, metal and paper.

The most common material used in the manufacturing of pallets is wood, because it is cheap.

Though the material is stiff, wood can be easily made into various sizes of products as per requirements.

Plastic-made pallets are also well-received because they are durable, easy to clean and have exemptions from ISPM 15 standards.

Paper pallets are used because they weigh light and are clean.

Adtec Enterprise offers the best solution in pallets and packaging components for any type of storage, shipment, forwarding or exportation and for internal use. We provide a wide range of products, pallets manufactured from different materials, such as Presswood and plastic pallets.

We stress our pallets suitable for exportation, pest and moisture free and no need of additional treatments, according to ISPM15 Regulations.

Our pallets are highly used in exportation, they are transport and storage price competitive, ecological, hygienic and they stand out by their quality finishes.

Plastic Pallets for Warehouse

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They are typically made of plastic, as the name suggests.

They help in facilitating the mechanical handling of goods that are done via forklift, jack and front loader.

Typical normal pallets are made of wood and plastics are just substitutes of them. Plastic pallets are free from fumigation requirements during export, and are half the weight of wooden normal pallets. 

Hygiene, Cleaner, safer, easy to handle and cost saving. we believe plastic pallets are the superior choice for your storage and supply chain.

Plastic Pallets for Export

Export pallet

Export plastic pallets are durable, light weight, hygienic, environmentally and cost effective. Our export plastic pallets are ideal for export consignments and avoiding the ISPMI5 regulations for heat treating wood packaging.

Most of our plastic export pallets are nestable, it only takes up less storage space in the warehouse and the nesting design means more empty pallets fit in a stack for lowering your truckload delivery costs. Export Plastic Pallet designed to be lightweight and cost effective.

Export plastic pallets are hygienic and easy to clean, no splinters, nails, sharp edges or protruding fasteners – safe working environment.

We STOCK variety designed of export pallet to meet your requirement

Inka Presswood Pallet

Inka Pallet

INKA pallets are manufactured according to a guaranteed pest-free process. Therefore, INKAs are preeminently suitable for worldwide exportation as a universal cargo carrier. Potential quarantine regulations of various countries (such as ISPM15 / NIMF 15) need not be taken into consideration when using INKA pallets INKA presswood pallets are available in all standard sizes, ranging from a ¼ pallet to the CP3 format.

Spill pallets

A spill pallet is a bunded pallet that is designed to hold containers of liquid items, such as oil and fuel, usually in a drum with a capacity of about 205 litres.

Such pallets help to catch any leak or spill that may come out of the container in case of any inconvenience, such as flammability,  caused to the public.

Spill pallets are made from either UV stabilised polyethylene, galvanised steel for protection from harmful chemicals, stainless steel or mild steel.

Heat treated pallets

Heat treated pallets are pallets that are heated to a high temperature of 140 degrees for a minimum duration of half an hour.

The pallets are originally made of wood material which comes from an organic source – trees.

Heat treated pallets are made to help to stamp out insects, wood diseases and other forms of pests that may come into contact with the pallets.

Normal pallets do not have that advantage.

Heat treatment of pallets is part of the phyto-sanitary process to curb the introduction of pests of plants and trees.

Benefits of heat treated pallets

Heat treated pallets are good because they can be reused after once to facilitate international goods shipment.

Because once the insects and other pests are killed off, it becomes harder for the spread of such unwanted pests on the pallets.

Normal pallets without heat treatment may be subject to risks of wooden parts being eaten off by such pests, or decay by other unknown sources.

There are other benefits of heat treated pallets.

They help to decrease the moisture content and make the pallets lighter in weight and hence, the freight costs cheaper.

They help in handling safety through the minimisation of chemical-related health risks.

They also help to preserve the life span of wood. But more importantly, they reduce transmission risks of parasites or cross-contaminated goods across territories.

Heat treated pallet applications

In some countries like Canada, it is required by law for pallets to be compliant with ISPM15 standards.

This means that the pallets have to be heat treated in order to ship the products overseas.

Once successful heat treatment is applied, the pallets will be certified with approved IPPC stamp that is in compliance with ISPM15 standards.

During imports of products using pallets, there are documentations to prove that the pallets are certified. Without them, the products do risk quarantine or rejection of entry at the customs.

Companies shipping products using wood packaging mainly normally require heat treated pallets for shipment use.

Industries which are most certainly using heat treated pallets are food and pharmaceutical ones. This is because they have to prevent any risks of mouth intake infections more urgently.

Standard size pallets

Standard size pallets are pallets which are usually 48″ x 40″ in dimensions. They are also called GMA pallets. Next common forms of standard size pallets are 42” and 48” square sizes.

Like normal pallets, standard size pallets are normally made of wood and plastic.

Benefits of standard size pallets

Standard size pallets can help to make operations in pallet racking easier. They also help in warehousing storage solutions.

Manual handling by human labour can be dramatically reduced with the use of standard size pallets.

Also, worker injury can be mitigated if standard size pallets are handled properly.

Standard size pallet applications

In situations of unrefrigerated docks, standard size pallets can help to reduce the risk of temperature exposure effect on perishable goods, such as food and medicine.

Standard size pallets are normally used for food grocery industries. Cement and military industries also use them frequently.