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To: BNSF Carload Customers

Policy Changes on Explosives and Commodities Designated as Inhalation Hazard Effective May 1, 2007

In support of efforts by the Department of Transportation and Transportation Security Administration to increase the security and safety of our communities and railroad infrastructure, BNSF is making changes to the current Demurrage and Private Car Storage Policy. These changes reflect BNSF’s need to be as careful as possible with hazardous materials, in addition to our need to maintain traffic fluidity on our network .

BNSF is requesting that customers assist us in addressing safety issues associated with carloads of commodities designated as toxic/poison inhalation hazard, inhalation hazard (anhydrous ammonia) and Division 1.1 and 1.2 Explosives. The STCC codes for these respective commodities can be found by clicking on the following link:

Under the new policy, these commodities should be placed at the destination facility upon arrival at the destination serving yard. If cars cannot be immediately placed at the facility, charges associated with retaining these commodities on BNSF tracks will be substantially increased.

Effective May 1, 2007, railcars containing the attached stated commodities, which are constructively placed on BNSF tracks will be subject to charges immediately, without any applicable free time. The following rates will apply:

      Immediately upon notification of constructive placement the charge will be $500 for the first 24 hours or portion thereof.
      Charges will increase to $1,000 per day, or portion thereof, for each day thereafter until space is made available.
      These charges will be published in BNSF Demurrage Book 6004-A and BNSF Private Car Storage Book 6005. If you have questions regarding this change in policy, please contact Richard Riggins, at 817-593-1094, or send an email to

      If you have any questions, please send an email to