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To: BNSF Intermodal Customers

REMINDER: New Intermodal Rules and Policies Guide Effective July 1, 2008

As mentioned in a Marketing News on May 30, 2008, BNSF’s new Intermodal Rules and Policies Guide (R&PG) becomes effective on Tuesday, July 1, 2008.

The R&PG has been improved by reorganizing information to help customers find the most important items, significantly shortening sections, placing charges into logical groupings, and producing an online-only version.

This R&PG replaces the previous version. To view the R&PG, visit and look under Markets, Intermodal, References, then Rules and Policies Guide, or click here.

Highlights of some key changes are listed below*:

Chapters, Items, and Appendixes – Table of Contents (pg. 4)
Shipping Instructions Changes – Item 9 (pg. 14)
Overweight shipment charges – Item 15 (pg. 23)
Lift (flip) charges – Item 16 (pg. 24) & Appendix G (pg. 88)
Flat tire responsibilities for Equipment Inspections – Item 28 (pg. 32)
Shipper Liability – Item 29 (pg. 35)
Maximum Limited Liability – Item 32 (pg. 38)
Minimum Lading and Equipment Claims – Items 32 & 33 (pg. 38-39)
Equipment Depreciation Factors – Item 36 (pg. 43) & Appendix F (pg. 85)
Restricted and Prohibited Shipments – Item 42 & 43 (pg. 46) & Appendix B (pg. 75)

* Note: This list of changes is not exhaustive. Please review the new R&PG.

If you have questions, please contact your BNSF Intermodal Sales Representative at 888-428-2673.

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