Durable plastic pallets are classified as pallets that would be expected to stand up to repeated use. These would include very durable pallets that can stand up to heavy industrial applications as well as distribution pallets that would be expected to endure multiple trips in a closed loop. This class can also include lighter duty pallets, that although not designed to stand up to years of abuse, can be expected to deliver multiple trips before being recycled.
Export grade plastic pallets would be classified as pallets designed to deliver just one trip, while at the same time eliminating the need for ISPM15 documentation. The object of the export pallet is to get the job done at the lowest cost, as pallet return and re-use are unlikely. As export regulations prohibit untreated wood packaging from crossing most international boarders, the fact that export grade plastic pallets are exempt from these regulations makes them an ideal choice when shipping overseas.
Nestable plastic pallets are pallets that nest into each other in a stack. Nesting ratios of 2 to 1 are not uncommon, allowing for pallets to be stored in less area than full frame or rackable pallets. Besides the space savings that nestable pallets provide, nestable pallets also provide a much more stable stack (as the pallets are locked together) making them easy to handle when they are empty. Nestable pallets also deliver excellent value as they are less expensive to produce and ship than most rackable pallets.
Rackbale plastic pallets are designed to be used in open pallet racks when the pallet is expected to carry the weight of its load across an open span. This would include beam racking and edge racking. Rackable pallets usually have a full frame on the bottom to accommodate the targeting on the rack. Rackble load ratings vary and testing by the end user is always recommended when considering a pallet’s suitability for any given application.