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To: BNSF Centerbeam Customers

Additional Loading Time for Centerbeam Flatcars Effective October 5, 2009

Effective Monday, October 5, 2009, BNSF is changing the demurrage plan for the loading of rail-controlled centerbeam flatcars. This change will give shippers up to five (5) days, not including Sundays and holidays, demurrage-free. BNSF recognizes the tight demand windows for orders and is giving customers more flexibility in the equipment order process.

Loading of Rail-Controlled Centerbeam Flatcars
All loading demurrage will be subject to the modified straight plan. Listed below are highlights and a brief explanation of the plan. The BNSF Demurrage Book 6004-A series will provide more specific information and takes precedence over this advisory.

Customers are provided up to FIVE (5) demurrage free days (credits) to load, plus Sundays and select holidays will remain free
After five free days, charges will be $75 per day for the next three days
Cars held over eight (8) demurrage (debit) days, the rate increases to $150 per day until the car is released and billed
Late credits, which had been earned under the old rules, will be eliminated

This change will give shippers more flexibility in loading and ordering centerbeams to meet their needs. It is our expectation that customers will continue to exercise due diligence in the car ordering and loading process to help maintaining car fluidity and help control costs. For questions regarding these changes, please contact our Demurrage, Storage and Extended Services (DSES) team at 888-428-2673, option 3,3,3.

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