Symptomatic of the fragmentation of China’s logistics sector is the lack of standardization in truck and pallet sizes.
Foreign companies use their own standards. Faris Pazun, a logistics specialist in freight and packaging at Continental Automotive, said, "The result is a huge diversity of pallet sizes and low and improper utilization rates of pallets in Chinese trucks and in standard sea freight containers."
A survey showed there are 34 different pallet sizes in use. But there are two pallet sizes, which show very good utilization rates in sea freight containers and trucks. These are the 1140x980mm and 1140×790 mm pallets.
Either pallet achieves a high utilization in standard containers and truck cargo areas. Both also prove compatible with most Chinese trucks in current use.
CHaINA Magazine reported that Professor Qingyi Wu, the founder of the Pallet Committee China and the vice chairman of the China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing, had noted: "These sizes need to be introduced to Chinese suppliers and OEM’s to make sure it is implemented in the whole Chinese domestic market."