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Port of Entry Changes for Some British Columbia Traffic Effective July 5, 2006

The United States port of entry will change for traffic moving from select BNSF Railway (BNSF) stations in British Columbia, Canada to select BNSF stations in the U.S. Midwest, effective July 5, 2006.

The new entry point is the result of an agreement between BNSF and the Canadian National Railway (CN) that is designed to improve railcar utilization. Currently, CN hauls BNSF’s shipments from former BCOL stations in British Columbia to Vancouver, where they are interchanged to BNSF for movement to their final destinations. Per the new agreement, CN will haul cars on BNSF’s behalf to interchange points that minimize the total route miles that shipments travel.

Implications for Your Business Procedures
Your shipments will continue to be routed via BNSF Direct per BNSF’s rate documents, and CN will continue to provide the equipment needed to do so. However, because the shipments will clear customs at new ports of entry, your paperwork must be documented accordingly. The link below will take you to a table that defines the points where shipments will clear customs:

BCOL Port of Entry Guide

If you have questions, please contact your marketing representative, or for customs issues contact LaDonna Grubbs by phone at (308) 763-2273 or by email at

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