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To: BNSF Clay/Bentonite Customers
07/12/2018

Rules Book: Clay/Bentonite Railcar Unloading Policy Adjustment Effective August 1, 2018

In our ongoing review of shipping rules, BNSF is revising the existing policy regarding the failure to complete the unloading of a railcar(s) used in clay/bentonite service. Effective August 1, the current rule will no longer apply to covered hoppers in that service and a new rule item will be implemented:

Item 3250 – Failure to Complete Unloading of Railcars
Upon arrival and placement of railcars for unloading at destination, consignee will be responsible for unloading equipment in a manner which does not damage equipment, and for releasing equipment in a condition suitable for reloading by another shipper. A consignee who refuses or fails to remove all lading, dunnage, blocking, bracing, strapping, debris or other material that was part of the inbound shipment, secure loading devices, and close doors will be subject to a penalty charge of $500.00 per car plus the actual cost incurred by BNSF to remedy noncompliance with this item. This item does not apply to covered hoppers used in clay/bentonite service.

Item 3252 - Failure to Complete Unloading of Covered Hoppers in Clay/Bentonite Service
Upon arrival and placement of railcars for unloading at destination, consignee will be responsible for unloading equipment in a manner which does not damage equipment, and for releasing equipment in a condition suitable for reloading by another shipper. A consignee who refuses or fails to remove all lading, dunnage, blocking, bracing, strapping, debris or other material that was part of the inbound shipment, secure loading devices, and close doors will be subject to a penalty charge of $2,500.00 per car plus the actual cost incurred by BNSF to remedy noncompliance with this item. This item applies only to covered hoppers used in clay/bentonite service.

The above rule modification and rule addition are included in the revised
BNSF Rules Book 6100-B.

BNSF 6100-B,v13.pdfBNSF 6100-B,v13.pdf

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