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What are Granite Tiles ?

They are pieces of granite, cut down to the size of 12"x12"x3/8" or 18"x18"x1/2". These pieces come from granite blocks. Blocks can be of any size, usually ranging from 4'x3'x3' to 10''x5'x5'. Thus, a block can yield 3 to 9 pallets of tiles. This is important to consider because tiles from different blocks might have different shading even if the material has the same name. For instance, tiles from a certain block of Giallo Veneziano might not be a xerox of tiles coming from another block of Giallo Veneziano. These pieces of tiles are then calibrated in order to make sure they have the same thickness. They are then polished and smoothed along the edges. Finally, they are packed in carton-board boxes. All boxes are placed on pallets and then are covered by a strong layer of plastic in order to protect them from dust and humidity.
granite tile samples
Samples of 
18"x18"x1/2" Jup. Bordeaux

12"x12"x3/8" Blue Pearl

Packing Details of 12"x12"x3/8" tiles

- Tiles are packed on pallets of 400 pieces each
( 400 sqf. / pallet )
- One pallet includes 40 boxes of 10 pieces each.
- Each pallet weighs 1 ton, or 2,200 Lbs.
- Usually 21 pallets, or 8,400 sqf., fill up a container of 21 tons.
12"x12"x3/8" boxes
granite tile boxes granite tile pallet
12"x12"x3/8" boxes 12"x12"x3/8" pallet

Packing Details of 18"x18"x1/2" tiles

- Tiles are packed in carton-board boxes of 5 pieces each.
- 24 boxes are then packed on one pallet.
- One pallet holds 120 pieces of 18"x18"x1/2" tiles, equal to 270 sqf.
- Each pallet weighs 0.88 tons or 1,950 Lbs
- Usually 24 pallets, or 6,480 sqf., fill up a container of 21 tons.
18"x18"x1/2" boxes
granite tile boxes granite tile pallet
18"x18"x1/2" boxes 18"x18"x1/2" pallet

Storage of pallets on top of each other

Pallets can be stored one on top of each other (usually up to four 12”-tile pallets or four 18”-tile pallets ). It is generally unsafe to store more than four pallets on top of each other. Fire Regulations in some US States, mandate that piled crates do not reach a certain height. Please check with your local Fire Department.


granite tile flooring storage
Storage of pallets of 12"x12"x3/8" Granite Tiles Storage of pallets 18"x18"x1/2" Granite Tiles

Info printed on the labels attached to each box

Every box holds a 4"x3" label with the following pieces of information printed on it :

- The name of the shade
- The size of tiles
- The quantity of pieces in that box
- The block # which tiles come from
- The country of origin as per US Customs requirements.
There are also some bar codes. These are basically used by our pieces of machinery to properly

handle each material in our warehouse.

Another label is attached on the plastic layer that covers the boxes.
This label includes all the pieces of information provided above for every single box.
In addition to this, the label indicates how many sqf. and how many pieces are packed on that pallet. Labels are glued on the plastic cover of each pallet.



granite tile labels
Labels attached to each box

How many sqf. of tiles can be loaded onto 20" Box containers ?

While the maximum allowed weight of your containers might vary based on the truck that you use for your inland transportation, be it a bi-axle or a tri-axle, containers generally leave with a total weight of 20 tons, or 44,000 Lbs.
Thus, you can have up to 19 crates (=7,200 sqf.) of 12" Tiles loaded.or, 22 crates (=5940 sqf.) of 18" Tiles.

If higher weight of 21.5 tons, or 47,000 Lbs isallowed, then loading will be:

to 21 crates (=8,400 sqf.) of 12" Tiles loaded.
or, 24 crates (=6,480 sqf.) of 18" Tiles.

Shipping Granite Tiles with Granite Slabs

The pallets of tiles are loaded in the back of the container, and the slabs at the front,close to the door of the containers.

Average Production Leadtime

3 weeks is generally enough to make containers ready if some shades are temporarily out of stock.If a longer time is needed, our Customer Service will advise you right away.

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