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To: BNSF Agricultural Products Customers

New COT Auction System Coming Spring 2017

Coming soon, the BNSF Certificate of Transportation (COT) auction system will not only have a new look, but will also offer you an open auction system giving you bid visibility.

With the new BNSF online COT system you can:

  • Select a minimum and maximum bid for each COT
  • See the total number of bids and current winning bid range throughout the auction
  • Increase your bid amount during the auction
  • Download a report of your awarded COTs

Bids will be time sensitive, therefore, in the event there are more bids placed than COTs in the auction and there are tie bids, the COTs will be awarded to the bidder who placed the bid first.

In the coming weeks, look for additional information to be sent along with a demo of the new COT system.

We hope you find these new enhancements will bring a better customer experience for you. If you have any questions, please contact

Your business is important to us. Thank you again for choosing BNSF Railway as your transportation provider.

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