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To: BNSF Ethanol Customers

BNSF Buffer Car Return 2019 Policy Changes

Federal regulations require the use of buffer cars in ethanol unit trains. As overall growth in tank car shipments on BNSF continues to increase, BNSF is requesting that all BNSF-furnished buffer cars (Series BNSF 808XXX) be released to BNSF from ethanol unit train service.

By March 31, 2019, ethanol customers will be required to release BNSF buffers from their facilities and designated ethanol unit train sets, and supply their own private buffer cars. Effective April 1, 2019, BNSF-furnished buffer cars will be charged $3000 per buffer car, per unit train cycle trip.

These changes are outlined in Item 41003 of the BNSF 4024 Ethanol Unit Train Rate Publication.

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