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To: All BNSF Carload Customers

Rule Changes on Handling of Certain Empty Tank Car Movements - New Rate Structure Effective March 1, 2015

Beginning March 1, 2015, BNSF will implement changes regarding the tariff rules (Section 1 of RIC 6007-N) applying to private empty tank car movements. As part of our ongoing efforts to support greater network fluidity, we will begin applying mileage-based charges to those empty tank cars moving to and from facilities for cleaning, lining, relining, maintenance, modification, retrofit or repair unless the movement is immediately preceded by a loaded line haul revenue movement via BNSF.

In addition, BNSF will also apply a new rate structure to empty tank cars moving to and from BNSF repair facilities, with either a “unit train” or single car rate being applied. In all other circumstances, the published tariff charges in BNSF 90020B, and other applicable BNSF price authorities, for the movement of empty cars on their own wheels shall apply and will be assessed to the car owner.

To qualify for the unit train rate, the customer will need to ship 100 or more cars from a single BNSF origin to a single BNSF destination. Unit train rates will be available for viewing in the Carload Shipping Advisor on February 2, 2015.

With these rule changes, empty private tank cars will be more closely aligned to the treatment of other empty private equipment on BNSF. No mileage charges will be applied if the empty tank car(s) is moving under AAR Interchange Rule 1, or if the empty tank car(s) was damaged by BNSF.

If you have questions, please contact your BNSF sales representative at 888-428-2673 or email

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