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To: BNSF Carload Customers

Rules Book: Liability and Storage Policy Adjustments Effective January 1, 2018

In our ongoing review of shipping rules, BNSF is making adjustments to several claim, liability and storage policies. Effective January 1, the following rule changes will be implemented:

    Item 2270: Cargo Loss, Damage and Delay Provisions/Liability Restriction
    BNSF's liability for damaged cargo, or minimum allowed claim amount payable by BNSF, is increased from $250 per car to $1,000 per car.

    Item 3340: Destination Detention on Sugar Cars
    The destination surcharge of $50 per day, per car applicable after five days to shipments of sugar (STCC 20-621 and 20-629) moving in covered hopper cars is removed.

    Item 3540: Shipments of Wind Component(s) on BNSF Railcars
    Fees for BNSF cars modified to carry wind components have been standardized to $30 per car, per day for rail cars on private track.

    Item 6160: Claim Procedures - Perishable/Temperature-Controlled Shipments
    The carrier's maximum liability per railcar is reduced to $100,000, or as stated in the governing price authority; most restrictive liability will apply.

All of the above rule changes are included in the revised BNSF Rules Book 6100-B (must be logged in to the Customer Portal for viewing).

If you have any questions, please contact your BNSF representative.

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