Pallet vs Skid vs Crate [Infographic]

Pallet vs Skid vs Crate Freightera Photo

Ready to Ship?

Ideal for wholesalers, manufacturers & distributors. Shipping occasionally or regularly in the U.S. & Canada.

Get A Quote

What are the differences between pallet, skid, and crate?

[Updated May 2019]
Not sure if you need a pallet, skid, or crate? It’s easy to get confused because people often use these terms interchangeably. All three can be used for shipping and storing materials. All three can be made of wood. Here are the differences explained infographically.

Pallet vs Skid vs Crate


  • Top and bottom deck
  • More in demand
  • Typical size 48”×40”
  • More stable
  • Can carry up to 1000 kg
  • More friction (harder to drag)
  • Easily hauled by a forklift truck
  • Bottom deck boards
  • More convenient for racking


  • No bottom deck
  • Less friction (easier to drag)
  • The oldest type of pallet
  • Because it’s mobile, often used as a permanent foundation for heavy machinery
  • A cheap version of pallets
  • Takes up less space when nested
  • No bottom deck boards


  • It’s really a box, unlike the other too
  • Has four walls as well as a floor
  • Great for holding products that needs to be securely stored
  • Can hold a large volume
  • Very stable
  • Bulky and harder to transport


Hungry for more learning?

You may also be interested in these informational articles of our blog (they’re specifically written and designed to help YOU, the customer, make better informed shipping decisions & ship with a peace of mind).

Start with:
Choose the best freight options for your shipping needs:
Freight how-tos:
Extra reading (because sustainability is important!)


Ready to book and save time & money on shipping?

Register here. Quotes are all online, quick, affordable and all-inclusive.

Read about what we offer within our pallet shipping services.

Questions? Call our Client Care team at 800 886 4870 Ext. 1, write to us at, or visit our Help Center!

Not so sure? Read our customers’ testimonials about our website, rates and service.