(shipping) A shallow portable platform with or without sides used to store, handle or move materials and goods in factories, warehouses, trucks, containers or vessels. Pallets are usually constructed of wood and are designed so that the prongs of a fork-lift truck or pallet jack can lift the pallet and its load. Pallets, however, can also be made from plastic, steel, aluminum, or fiberboard.. See skid, forklift truck, pallet box, pallet jack.
(air freight) A platform with a flat metal framed undersurface on which goods are assembled and secured by nets and straps. See aircraft pallet.
Palletization results in more efficient use of space and better cargo handling, particularly when used as part of mechanized loading systems. See pallet loader.