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To: BNSF Intermodal Customers

Correction: Updates to Intermodal Rules and Policies Guide for Lift Provisions, Prohibited Shipments and Chassis Locking Device Restraints

Effective immediately, BNSF is implementing a new charge for lifting tank containers and providing clarification on coiled metal and scrap metal and chassis locking device restraints, as reflected in the BNSF Intermodal Rules and Policies Guide:

Item 9: Shipper Loading and Unloading Equipment
As a reminder, shippers are responsible for ensuring all chassis locking devices, such as zip ties or cables, are removed before the shipment is parked at a BNSF intermodal facility. Any ties, cables or restraining devices should be removed and placed in the appropriate receptacles.

Item 14: Lift Provisions (Flips)
Additional lift services for a tank container that is less than eight feet in height will incur a charge of $500 per lift.

Item 38: Drayage and Appendix E: Prohibited Shipments
BNSF will not perform cross-town transfers, drayage or interchange of coiled metal and scrap metal shipments.

We encourage you and your shipping partners to review the BNSF Intermodal Rules and Policies Guide. We appreciate your support of a safe transportation network. For additional information, please contact your BNSF Marketing representative.

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