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To: BNSF Domestic Intermodal Customers and BNSF Equipment Interchange Contract Holders

BNSF Transitions USAZ Marked Trailers Effective January 31, 2007

Effective January 31, 2007, any USAZ marked trailers that are not active in BNSF inventory--whether loaded or empty--will be considered private equipment and will be able to move on BNSF only with proper revenue billing.

The following list of more detailed instructions has been assembled to aid in the transition process for USAZ marked trailers and applies only to trailers that are active in BNSF's trailer inventory on January 31, 2007. All other USAZ marked trailers will be considered private equipment on January 31, 2007:

    A trailer loaded on BNSF prior to the equipment transition date and returned to the facility for the first time after the transition date as an empty will be accepted by BNSF without revenue billing. Please return the trailer empty to the BNSF facility where it was out-gated.

    Equipment in the shipper’s possession that is not returned within 30 days of the transition date will be accepted without revenue billing. Normal detention charges will continue to accrue. In addition, the shipper will be charged a $500 termination fee. This provision will apply only until all rail-controlled equipment taken out prior to the transition date has been returned to BNSF.
      Trailers returned to a BNSF hub by anyone other than the last shipper submitting revenue billing prior to the transition date will be considered private and require revenue billing. After the transition date, please do not street interchange these trailers.
        Any trailer received from another railroad must be returned to that railroad. If a trailer is received by BNSF in an interline move after the transition date, it will be considered a private trailer and revenue billing will be required if the trailer is returned empty to BNSF.
      If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact Bobby Burnett at 817-867-6447 or send an email to You may also contact your BNSF Sales Representative 888-428-2673.

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

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