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To: BNSF Domestic Tank Container Customers

Requirements for Shipping ISO Tanks: Food Products and Chemical Products - Effective May 15, 2006 - Domestic

Over the past year, BNSF has modified operating processes and service offerings in order to maintain network fluidity and improve consistency of service. As part of this continuing effort to streamline operations, BNSF is requesting that customers who ship tank containers ingate the containers at facilities in BNSF’s Premium COFC network--designed for 20-foot and 40-foot containers--effective May 15, 2006.

Using the Premium COFC network that has been designed for 20-foot and 40-foot containers will allow for more timely movement of the tank containers. The following table outlines BNSF’s core Domestic Premium COFC lanes, designed for 20-foot and 40-foot containers:

    Logistics Park Chicago, Chicago Corwith, Kansas City, Alliance, Birmingham, St. Louis, New Orleans, Houston
    Southern California: Los Angeles
    Logistics Park Chicago, Chicago Corwith, Kansas City, Alliance, Birmingham, Houston, St. Louis
    Northern California: Oakland International Gateway
    Logistics Park Chicago, Kansas City,
    St. Paul, Omaha, Denver
    Pacific Northwest: Seattle International Gateway, Portland, Tacoma
If possible, shippers should ingate ISO tank containers in pairs. This pairing of 20-foot tank containers will allow us to continue to improve asset and facility utilization, increase velocity and improve network fluidity. Containers not tendered in pairs will be held until a matching 20-foot container is available to fill the well of the railcar.

For specific schedules, please refer to the BNSF Web site. If an opportunity arises outside of this network, please work with your account manager to move in our Expedited Trailer network (to move a container with chassis). Please contact your Intermodal Sales Representative to obtain pricing for these shipments.

If you have questions regarding this requirement, please contact your Intermodal Sales Representative at 1-888-428-2673, option 3. Your business is important to us. Thank you again for choosing BNSF as your transportation provider.

If you have any questions, please send an email to