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To: BNSF Metals Customers

Metals Products Guarantees

In an effort to provide metals customers with a dependable source of rail equipment, BNSF provides gondolas and selected flat car types in the Loading Origin Guarantees (LOGS) program.

Beginning in March 2007, bulkhead flatcars will also be available through a Railcar Commitment Program (RCPro). In the Railcar Commitment Program, customers can request a guarantee based on their commitment of not more than 60 percent of their historical bulkhead flat shipping volume on BNSF. The guarantee period is a 52-week shipping period that begins on April 23, 2007.

The cost to secure the guarantee is $200 per car guarantee per week. In turn, BNSF will provide metals customers with a dependable source of rail equipment. Both parties are subject to penalties if either fails to meet their commitment.

Rules Overview
With the exception of the bidding process and transfers, RCPro will follow the rules outlined in BNSF-7 Logs Rules Book. To view the rules, go to the following link:

Questions regarding this new program can be addressed to your Account Manager. Commitment requests should be submitted to Your business is important to us. Thank you again for selecting BNSF as your transportation provider.

If you have any questions, please send an email to