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To: BNSF Intermodal Customers

New Intermodal Embargo and Proper Loading Reminder

Effective immediately, BNSF will embargo all intermodal shipments of metal racks that originate from Allegro International Service/Laconic Freight International (Zhapu, China). During the month of January, BNSF received several unsafe shipments that originated from Port of Los Angeles, Calif., or Seattle, Wash. The improperly loaded and secured shipments placed our employees, communities, network and customer shipments at risk.

This embargo applies to all Allegro International/Laconic Freight International shipments of metal racks, regardless of how shipments are described on shipping instructions, waybills, etc. The photos below provide a typical visual depiction of these shipments. The very rear of these shipments are typically loaded with boxes (circled in red in the second photo below), while the rest of the shipments are loaded with metal racks.

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Properly Load and Describe
As a reminder, safe and damage-free shipping begins with a balanced load that is properly secured to restrict lading movement during the transportation cycle. Distressed shipments (including leaning loads) resulting from improper weight distribution or inadequate load securement pose a significant safety risk that can result in train delays, product damage, equipment damage and worse. The BNSF Load and Ride Solutions (LARS) team can provide safe loading and securement methods for shipments.

We encourage you and your shipping partners to review the BNSF Intermodal Rules and Policies Guide, giving particular attention to the items covering:

  • Loading, blocking and bracing.
  • Prohibited shipments.
  • Restricted shipments.
We appreciate your support of a safe transportation network. For additional information, please contact your BNSF marketing or LARS representative.

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