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To: BNSF Customers

Demurrage and Storage Policy Changes Effective July 15, 2014

As announced in a Marketing News sent June 17, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) issued new rules regarding liability for demurrage charges. Effective July 15, 2014, BNSF Demurrage Book 6004-B has been revised to include wording changes which align with the new STB EP707 Demurrage Liability ruling, as well as the changes highlighted below:

  • Heavy duty cars are now subject to $250 demurrage charge per day.
  • For unit crude, Constructive Placement (CP) Time and Industry Time will be measured and charged demurrage separately.
  • Demurrage charges for refrigerator cars increased to $150 per day.
  • Clarified demurrage program for wind cars.
  • Added taconite to the unit train policy.
  • Removed stragglers credits and holiday time from unit crude policy.
To support the ease of doing business with BNSF and to promote understanding of the policy, the link to the updated Demurrage Rule Book can be accessed by clicking here. You will need to login or register to access the policy.

For questions on these changes, please contact BNSF’s Demurrage, Storage and Extended Services team at 888-428-2673, and select options 3, 3 and 3.

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