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Why are 40 x 48 Inch Plastic Pallets our most Popular Size?

image Robin Kiefer image April 2, 2020

Let’s talk about size, and how it matters when it comes to pallets.

Dimensions can be a major determining factor when choosing the right pallet for product shipments and storage, so today we are focusing on our most highest volume 40 x 48 plastic pallets.

This standard size is super popular, even beyond our borders and is used in all of North America to help with material handling needs.

That’s because the 40 x 48 plastic pallet is made to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) recognized specifications (1219 mm x 1016mm).

This means it can be shipped across countries without issue.

Here’s something you might not know. The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) influences the consumer packaged goods industry around the globe. They suggest standard pallet dimensions to be 48″ x 40″.

Pallets of that size are commonly referred to as GMA pallets. More than 30% of pallets produced in the U.S. each year are GMA pallets. Who knew!


OK now, when it comes to the 40 x 48 plastic pallet, let’s talk numbers for a minute.

A standard pallet is 6 ½” tall. GMA pallets typically weigh 37 pounds (17 kg). The length of the pallet is measured by the stringer length, 48”.

Still with me?

A stringer is a board that runs the length of the pallet between the deck boards, holding the pallet up. The deck boards that are on the top and bottom of the stringers and run perpendicular to them measure 3 1⁄4 inches (83 mm) wide and are 5⁄16 inch (7.9 mm) thick each, and are 40 inches long.

Whew. And that’s how it all adds up for the common 40 x 48 plastic pallet.

The reason why it’s so common? Well, because it is very versatile. The applications are essentially endless for this size, both for product shipments and warehouse storage.

Yep, when it comes to racking pallets, the 40 x 48 is the perfect choice.

Need Help Selecting A Pallet?

Our Plastic Pallet Experts are happy to help you find the right 40 x 48 plastic pallet and send you a quote that includes shipping costs. Please contact to find the perfect pallet at the best price.

Share your Comments!

We’d love to hear from you – please let us know what other applications best suited for 40 x 48 pallets.

Hungry For More Pallet FAQ?

Check our our article on the 43 x 43 Pallet Size.

About Robin Kiefer

Robin Spencer Kiefer connects customers with solutions and products. Robin is the Digital Marketing Manager of One Way Solutions.

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