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Pros and Cons of Wooden Shipping Crates | Pallet Consultants

By: Pallet Consultants on March 19th, 2021

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Pros and Cons of Wooden Shipping Crates | Pallet Consultants

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Wooden shipping crates have many advantages, but like any packaging they aren't perfect for every situation. Here are some crate pros and cons.

Crates are versatile and highly customizable, but despite this and other advantages are still imperfect. It’s important to keep in mind some pros and cons of crates are dependent upon the specific type and use case of an individual crate. To learn more about applications for wood crates and their design possibilities, start a conversation with us.

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Crate Pros:

  • Highly customizable. Crates can be tailored to specific applications ranging from agriculture to industrial machine parts.
  • More cushion and protection than pallets. Crates have walls, the option of lids and can have supports or tie-down anchor points built inside them. Also offers cover against the elements.
  • Crates made for general use can often be reused
  • Easily recycled
  • Can be designed for easy loading and unloading
  • Crates are stackable with the proper design
  • Can be heat treated to meet ISPM 15 requirements


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Crates come in a wide variety of styles and dimensions, allowing them to be fit to most products.


Crate Cons:

  • Some crates can be heavy
  • Unless deconstructed, crates may need more storage space than usual
  • Specialty crates may be more costly to design and produce, and are less likely to be reused
  • Crates use more lumber than other types of packaging, resulting in higher costs


wood crateCrates are often used for large or heavy objects, requiring more wood and making the packaging itself heavier and more costly.


These are the general pros and cons of crates, although some of them will only apply to specific kinds of crates. For more information on the advantages of crates and whether they’re good for your situation, talk to us!

Pallet Consultants is a national pallet manufacturer offering a wide variety of pallet products including recycled pallets, specialty pallets, custom-sized pallets, new pallets and more. We provide quality pallets and pallet retrieval services to industries around the country. Start a conversation with our expert team to see how we can meet the pallet needs of your operation.