Flexport
Sign In
US

Help Center

What Types of Pallets Are There?

Stringer pallets and block pallets are the two main types of pallets. Stringer pallets only have two orientations, while block pallets have four orientations and offer more support for heavier shipments.

Flexport

There are two main kinds of pallets: stringer and block pallets.

Stringer pallets have three longer pieces of wood (a “stringer”) to support the sides and middle of the parallel boards of wood. These are generally 2-way pallets, because a forklift can only pick them up two different ways.

The parallel pieces of wood for block pallets are supported by blocks of wood on the sides and middles of each edge. Block pallets, more commonly known as 4-way pallets since they are the same orientation no matter which way they are carried, are generally used for heavier shipments, because they provide more support for the platform.

Share the Article

More From Flexport

arrowImage

Ready to Get Started?

Sign up for a Flexport account or ask to see our platform in action.

Sign Up for Freight Market Updates

Get weekly insights into all things freight, delivered right to your inbox.

I agree to the storing and processing of my personal data by Flexport as described in the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.