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To: BNSF Automotive Customers

Updated Automotive Rules and Policies Guide

The new Automotive Rules and Policies Guide (R&PG) will be effective February 1, 2016.

This new Automotive R&PG replaces the previous version. To review the new version of the R&PG, visit and look under Customers, What Can I Ship, Automotive Products, Finished Vehicles, Policies, then Current Automotive Rules and Policies Guide, or click here.

Highlights of some key changes are noted below*:

Item 8: Shipping Instructions

    Charge for missing southbound export documentation will change from $150 to $500

Item 9: Shipping Instructions Change - After Tendering to BNSF
    Charge for destination change with mixed Shippers will be reduced from $500 to $200

Item 24: Facility Overcapacity
    Charge for storage of a railcar will increase from $150 to $300

Item 31: General Cargo and Equipment Liability
    BNSF will not be liable for amounts less than $500

Item 43: Storage
    Vehicle storage charge will rise from $5 to $7.50 per day
    Railcar storage charge will increase from $150 to $300
    Storage credits will be reduced from 3 to 2.75

*Note: This list of changes is not exhaustive. Please review the new Automotive R&PG.

If you have questions, please contact your BNSF Automotive Sales Representative at 888-428-2673.

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