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To: BNSF International Customers

BNSF International On-Dock Loading Plan - Update

January 12, 2007

In March 2005, BNSF introduced a simplified on-dock train blocking plan that resulted in increased capacity and velocity in the Southern California corridor, decreased rail transit time, reduced handling costs for ocean carriers through elimination of drayage to inland ramps and decreased highway congestion and air pollution in port communities.

BNSF was able to handle record Southern California on-dock volumes—reaching the one million-load mark for the first time in a calendar year on October 15, 2006. Your assistance in loading either solid-north or solid-south blocked trains with a minimum length requirement of 7,500 feet has helped us achieve these significant accomplishments. In 2006, this cooperative spirit resulted in on dock volume growth of 31 percent, and the daily average of eastbound-originated on-dock trains increased by 27 percent.

Going forward, in an effort to continue to accommodate the growth of the Southern California corridor, we are adding the following updates and new requirements to the simplified train blocking plan, effective January 22, 2007. These requirements will be added to the BNSF Intermodal Rules and Policies Guide in early 2007.

Blocking for additional interline points (please see the attachment)
Simplifying handling of small-volume destinations by including them in your Chicago block (co-load Chicago).
Updating the plan to include the recently announced BNSF-CSX Southeast changes.

    New Requirements
    Conventional cars will not be allowed, and all releases to BNSF will have a 92% slot utilization requirement.
    The overall BNSF 2007 on-dock slot utilization goal will increase from 95% to 96%.
      We appreciate your cooperation and remain committed to providing reliable service and the best value for your transportation dollar. Your business is important to us. Thank you for choosing BNSF as your transportation provider.


      Richard L. Ebel Patrick Kinne
      General Manager General Director
      Los Angeles Operations Division International Marketing

      On-Dock Blocking Plan.xls

      If you have any questions, please send an email to