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To: BNSF International Customers and BNSF Equipment Interchange Contract Holders

Safe Handling/Shipping of Bulk Grain Loads - New Policy Effective January 26, 2007

As a result of a recent derailment and significant container overload issues, a new policy will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, January 26, 2007.

BNSF will place a maximum weight limitation on all BULKAG shipments:

    For a 20-foot container, the lading limit will be 40,000 pounds
    For a 40-foot container, the lading limit will be 48,000 pounds
    All BULKAG shipments entering BNSF Intermodal Facilities will require a certified scale ticket that can be used to verify lading weight and ensure compliance with the above limitations.

    Please ensure that the proper lading weight is declared and that the appropriate product description, STCC and rate authority are provided on the shipping instructions.

    Shipments without this documentation, or overweight shipments, may be refused at the gate.

    If you have questions regarding this new policy, please call your Marketing Representative at 888-428-2673. Your business is important to us. Thank you again for choosing BNSF as your transportation provider.

    If you have any questions, please send an email to