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To: BNSF Plastics Customers

UPDATE: Permit Embargo – Shipments to TX Packagers and SIT Locations​ Extended to February 10, 2019

In our ongoing efforts to proactively manage network capacity and demand for service, BNSF will continue the permit embargo process for plastics shipments destined to Texas packaging facilities and storage-in-transit (SIT) locations.

For shipments released beginning Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 through Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, permits are required for billing to packaging and SIT locations in Texas. Prior to release, shippers may work with their BNSF sales representative for SIT permits that seek to align as closely as possible with commercial agreements, or they may also work with packagers who will have received permits from BNSF for distribution to shippers. During the permit embargo period, BNSF will work with stakeholders on each seven day span to coordinate anticipated permit needs and network capacity, and requests will be finalized each Thursday for future shipping weeks as outlined below:

Jan. 21 – Jan. 27:Permit requests by 12 p.m. CT, Thursday, Jan. 17
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3Permit requests by 12 p.m. CT, Thursday, Jan. 24
Feb. 4 – Feb. 10Permit requests by 12 p.m. CT, Thursday, Jan. 31

BNSF is in communication with shippers and receivers to coordinate initial anticipated volumes and capacity allocations. Specific customer questions may be addressed with your BNSF sales representative.

About Embargoes:
Embargoes are temporary holds placed on freight to manage the acceptance and handling of freight. You can view active embargoes at the Association of American Railroads (AAR) Embargo Railinc website

For more information about this embargo process, please contact your BNSF sales representative.

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