pallet and truck dimensionsUnderstanding the capacity and capability of the common means of shipping, namely trucks and vans, can make it easier when a customer has to select a transportation option to best fit their needs.

But with so many different options out there, it can get a little confusing from time to time. A better understanding of truck and pallet dimensions will better help you decide which service is right for you.

Some common options include:

  1. Dry Van: Dry Van shipments are the most common form of freight transportation out there. Dry Vans typically move non-perishable food items, textiles and retail clothing, as well as various manufactured paper and plastic products.
  2. Flatbed Truck: Flatbed Trucking has been a staple of PLS Logistics since the early 90’s. Typically used for transporting large amounts of industrial or oversized goods like sheet metal, construction equipment, and lumber, flatbed trucks come in several varieties, dependent on your needs.
  3. Refrigerated Shipping: More commonly referred to as a reefer, refrigerated or climate-controlled shipping is the go-to option for the transportation of perishable food items like produce, meats, and dairy. Similar in appearance to standard dry vans, climate-controlled vans vary in capacity and size depending on the level of insulation and type of lining.

Need more info on Trailers? Check out our Trailer Equipment Guide. In it, you’ll find:

  • Industry standards for the entire PLS network of carriers
  • Load capacities
  • Size dimensions
  • Detailed breakdowns of the capabilities and usage of each trailer type

Furthermore, here is a quick breakdown of how pallets affect day-to-day shipping:

Truck capacity is usually determined by the number of pallets a truck can fit at once. Made up of wooden supports and three or four “stringers” or cross beams, shipping material by the pallet makes them easier to load and transport.

The two most common pallet sizes in North America are:

  1. 40 x 48
  2. 42 x 42”

By breaking down large shipments into a standardized unit like a 40 x 48” pallet, it is much easier to keep tabs on large shipments all over the country.