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To: All BNSF Intermodal and National Accounts Customers and UIIA Holders

Updates to Intermodal Rules & Policies Guide

Please note the following updates and reminders to the BNSF Intermodal Rules and Policies Guide.

Effective immediately, BNSF Intermodal cannot street interchange Division 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 and 1.4 explosives (see Appendix B).

For clarification purposes, “residue” information has been included in the Definitions section. For hazardous material, “residue last contained” means the substance remaining in the equipment (including portable tank containers) after the contents have been unloaded to the maximum extent practicable, and before the equipment is either sufficiently cleaned of residue and purged of vapors to remove any potential hazard, or refilled with a material which is not hazardous, to such an extent that any residue remaining in the package no longer poses a hazard. For non-hazardous materials, “residue” means the substance remaining in the equipment after the contents have been unloaded to the maximum extent practicable, but the contents cannot exceed 7% of the weight of the last loaded movement.

Reminder - Complete Shipping Instructions Information
Complete shipping instructions are required for every Intermodal shipment. This information facilitates BNSF providing safe movement, correct loading and handling, and accurate invoicing of your shipment.

All the elements required on your shipping instructions are outlined in the BNSF Intermodal Rules and Policies Guide, Item 8: Shipping Instructions and Appendix A. Please take a moment to review these elements.

In a recent audit, a significant number of shipments were found with incomplete or incorrect shipping instructions on important elements, such as:

  • Incorrect Weights
    Inaccurate weights (underweight, as well as overweight) can lead to dangerous and unacceptable operating conditions causing delays, derailments and accidents resulting in the loss of life.
  • Insufficient (Missing) Beneficial Owner and Other Roles
    In the event of an emergency, BNSF may need to be able to exchange and share information with not just the motor and ocean carrier partners, but with potentially beneficial owners, actual shippers and actual receivers. This information is required on every waybill.
  • Incomplete Commodity Information
    Being unaware of the contents transported potentially exposes your freight, other BNSF customers, and the lives of employees and members of the communities in which we live and work to undue risk. Both the actual commodity description and actual STCC are required for each shipment. In addition, omissions of hazardous materials declarations and documentation represent violations of federal and state laws.
Please be complete and correct with information provided in shipping instructions. Misdescribing, omitting or changing shipment information may also cause charges to be incurred as stated in the BNSF Intermodal Rules and Policies Guide, Appendix G.

For additional information or assistance, please contact your BNSF Marketing Representative.

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