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To: BNSF Intermodal Customers

New Weight Maximum For BNSF Intermodal Shipments Effective January 21, 2008

As part of BNSF’s continuous effort to improve service and increase efficiencies for customers, effective Monday, January 21, 2008, a new weight limit is established for BNSF Intermodal shipments using sleds and load and roll pallets (LRP):

58,000 pounds maximum, regardless of equipment or commodity, when shipped on a BNSF-approved sled or load and roll pallet (LRP)

This will allow greater usage of sleds and LRPs for commodities such as rolling mill, steel bar, steel rod, steel shape and plate steel.

This weight is a maximum gross weight, which is the combined weight of cargo (lading) and the tare weight of equipment (sled or LRP). Lading must not exceed the weight limit as stated on the manufacturer’s plate on the container or trailer.

Gross weight of the trailer/container must conform to all Federal, State and Local regulations for highway movement. If an overweight shipment is discovered or suspected, the shipper will be notified to retrieve the equipment. BNSF reserves the right to determine the method of interchange delivery.

This change will amend the BNSF Intermodal Rules and Policies Guide, Item 34: Maximum Equipment Weight and Overweight Handling.

If you have questions regarding these changes, please contact a BNSF Load and Ride Solutions Representative, who can provide information on BNSF-approved loading methods, at, or email, or contact your Marketing Representative at 888-428-2673.

Your business is important to us. Thank you again for choosing BNSF as your transportation service provider.

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