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To: BNSF Intermodal Customers And UIIA Motor Carrier Members

New Checkpoint Processes to Begin At Chicago Corwith on November 28, 2007

Effective November 28, 2007, at 6:00 a.m., BNSF will implement a new in-gate and out-gate checkpoint process at the Chicago Corwith Intermodal Facility. The new process will be executed at the Kedzie (in and out) gates and the internal gate operation adjacent to the J.B. Hunt Facility on the west access road. This process will improve gate throughput and speed up driver time into and out of the facility. Checkpoint processes at the container yard gates at Pulaski will remain the same.

The Corwith Facility will be equipped with Optical Character Recognition (OCR), a technology that uses video cameras to automatically identify container, trailer and chassis prefixes and numbers. The video cameras also create permanent images of the container, trailer and chassis to record the equipment’s condition at interchange to or from the driver. BNSF Logistics Park Chicago (LPC) is also currently equipped with this system.

BNSF also will apply Bio-Metric Registration for all truck drivers to enhance customer, driver and BNSF security. The registration includes scanning three fingerprints and a personal photo identification card into the system. Registration takes only three minutes, and will ensure accurate and timely driver verification. If your drivers have completed Bio-Metric Registration at BNSF LPC, registration for the Corwith Facility is not necessary.

In-gate Instructions:

As the truck goes through the OCR Portal, the video camera records equipment prefixes and numbers, and takes multiple images of the equipment.
The OCR Portal has a maximum speed limit of 15 mph. A 10-foot interval between trucks is required.
The truck exits the portal and proceeds to any of the six new input kiosks.
Drivers must enter their driver’s license number and PIN or scan fingerprint.
Drivers must enter the seal number on loads.

All other normal requirements for entry will remain the same. EDI billing must be in place before loads and empties will be accepted. However, drivers will no longer be required to provide certified scale tickets with agricultural commodity loads.

Out-gate Instructions:

Process is the same as the in-gate instructions outlined above, with the exception of driver inputs.

Drivers may use in-gate bar coded buck slip or scan fingerprints for identification.
Drivers are asked to verify equipment identification.
Drivers input pick-up or booking number if required.
Drivers are asked if they want damage notations.

All other normal requirements for exit remain the same. Holds for storage charges or other reasons should be cleared before the transaction at out-gate.

Bobtail entry and exit will follow the same process and requirements for driver identification.

Additional Information

BNSF will maintain a staff of trained technicians to assist drivers with their gate transactions. Support is available from all kiosks, and a driver assistance building is adjacent to the in-gate kiosks at Kedzie.

If you have any questions regarding the new process, please call BNSF Hub Operations at 817-867-6122. Trucking companies may contact the UIIA Service Center for help obtaining drivers’ PINs at 877-438-8442, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).
For Dispatch and Driver Support, call BNSF at 1-888-428-2673, option 1, 2.

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