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To: BNSF Domestic Intermodal Customers and All UIIA Motor Carrier Members

BNSF Retiring SFTZ Trailer Fleet Effective April 30, 2007

In a BNSF Marketing News dated April 18, 2005, BNSF announced a plan to return rail-controlled trailers to the equipment leasing companies so we can focus on our core business of providing line-haul services. As part of the transition plan, BNSF is retiring the SFTZ-marked trailer fleet. If you have any SFTZ trailers in your possession, please return them empty to the nearest BNSF Intermodal facility by April 30, 2007.

All trailers not returned to BNSF by the deadline will be considered missing and trailer detention or per diem charges will be assessed. Depreciated Value invoices will be issued to the customer or rail carrier of last record. Rail carriers may elect to “steel interchange” empty SFTZ trailers to BNSF at valid rail interchange points.

Thank you for your cooperation in returning this equipment to BNSF. If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact Bobby Burnett at BNSF at 817-867-6447 or email You may also contact your BNSF Sales Representative at 1-888-428-2673, option 4, 2, 2.

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

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