How Many Pallets Fit In A Shipping Container?

Inventory and stock management is a vital process within a business. You may find that you need to stockpile items ahead of time to ensure you have enough product to fulfil customer orders, for example before Christmas or Black Friday.

It’s vital that stock is stored both safely and efficiently, which is where pallets inside shipping containers can be an ideal storage solution. 

Storing Pallets In Shipping Containers

Shipping containers were designed to hold cargo, and utilising pallets for stock in a container is extremely common. When considering how many pallets will fit inside your container, you need to think about the most efficient way to store the pallets inside.

The number of pallets that can be stored inside the unit will of course depend on a few things; the size of the container, the size and type of pallet used, and how the pallets are arranged.

There are two types of pallets that are commonly used. These are EUR Pallets, or Euro-Pallets, that are 1.2m x 0.8m, and Standard Pallets that are 1.2m x 1.0m. EUR Pallets are the most common.

Shipping containers also come in a range of sizes. The most common sizes are 10ft – 40ft containers. The size of the container depends on the number of pallets you can store inside them:


10ft shipping containers are ideal for a small amount of stock to store, or if you need a storage option for a confined space. A 10ft container usually has approximately 72 square feet of floor space. This can hold five EUR Pallets or 4 Standard Pallets.


One of the most popular sizes for a container is 20ft and can be used for both storage onsite or for exporting goods. A 20ft container has a floor space of approximately 150 square feet. This can store eleven EUR Pallets or ten Standard Pallets.


40ft shipping containers are the largest standard size available with an approximate floor space of 305 square foot, so offer the most space available for pallet storage. If you are looking to send large shipments of pallets or need large storage space, a 40ft container would be well suited for your needs. This can hold 23-24 EUR Pallets or 20-21 Standard Pallets.

Effectively Pack Pallets Into Your Container

How the pallets are packed will have an impact on the amount that can be stored inside the container. The more efficiently the pallets can be packed, the more the storage container can offer:

Load Height

Building the height of the pallet will help increase storage space, but pallets must be carefully loaded to avoid accidental damage. When packing your container, consider how tall your pallets will be and if they can be double stacked to increase the storage space. The height of your pallets will change depending what items are loaded onto them, but building pallets up to 1 – 1.15m will enable double stacking, creating further storage space.

Load Weight

Pallet weight might be a determining factor in the amount that can be stored. If you are planning on transporting the goods to another location, there may be weight restrictions on what can be loaded into the container. If your pallets are heavy, you might not be able to have as many pallets in your container for transport. If your container is staying permanently onsite, with no plans to move it with goods inside, you are much less restricted by weight.

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