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      Although BNSF only operates in North America, we do partner with ocean carriers to move goods to and from the United States. With our capability to receive and deliver finished goods, commodities and raw materials at multiple West Coast ports, BNSF can help with your overseas shipping needs.


      When it comes to realizing MORE supply chain benefits for your shipping, BNSF's overseas intermodal service give you:

      • MORE Speed: reaching markets up to 7 days faster than all-water options
      • MORE Service: fastest intermodal service for all your door-to-door shipping needs
      • MORE Reach: 100% U.S. market coverage with direct or connecting services
      • MORE Connections: on-dock and near-dock service for all your Pacific and Gulf import/export needs

      Standard Service**

      • Container only service

      Review BNSF's Interactive Service Schedules.


      Pricing Contacts

      BNSF intermodal prices are issued on a contract basis. To obtain a rate for shipping ocean containers (intermodal), please contact .

      Pricing Tools and Resources

      Percent of Revenue Fuel Surcharge 
      Applies to all BNSF ocean container (intermodal) shipments.

      Customs Fees
      Surcharges for APHIS and COBRA inspects.

      Port Fees

      The following surcharges are applied on intermodal shipments traversing the Alameda Corridor or originating or terminating at the Port of Portland and Port of Tacoma.

      BNSF may impose surcharges as stated in the BNSF Intermodal Rules and Policies Guide. All applicable intermodal shipments are subject to these charges, regardless of price authority (including contracts and agreements). Surcharges are applied to the freight bill based on the BNSF shipping instructions (waybill) date.

      ACTA (Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority)

      Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority Current Use Fees and Container Charges are applicable for shipments traversing the Alameda Corridor.

      Port of Portland

      Port of Portland Rail Carrier Intermodal Yard Facility Fee is stated in the Port of Portland Marine Terminal Item 8.

      Port of Tacoma

      Port of Tacoma Intermodal Facility Charges is stated in the Containers Section of the Port of Tacoma Tariff 300, Section 6.

      **Formerly known as Premium Service.

      BNSF's intermodal network is made up of some of the largest and most modern intermodal hub facilities in the industry — facilities that are designed to move your shipments across the BNSF system faster than ever before.

      Facilities Details

      Intermodal Facilities Listings

      Intermodal Map – Detailed

      Intermodal Map – Interactive

      Intermodal Map – Overview

      Facility Resources

      Regions Domestic and International
      Represents BNSF intermodal hubs and groupings in contractual agreements.

      Facilities Information and Resource Management (FIRM) codes

      BNSF intermodal facilities FIRM codes
      Alliance, TX - 1111 Intermodal Pkwy T926
      Atlanta (Fairburn), GA - 6700 McLarin Rd. O083
      Barstow, CA - 2825 W. Main St.
      Cicero, IL - 26th St. J791
      Corwith, IL - 3526 W. 43rd St. I145
      Denver, CO - 585 W. 53rd Place H096
      El Paso, TX - 805 S. Santa Fe St. S390
      Houston, TX - 214 Brisbane Rd. S639
      Logistics Park Kansas City, KS - 32880 W. 191 St. J177
      Los Angeles, CA - 4000 E. Sheila St., Bldg 39 Y386
      Logistics Park Chicago, IL - 26664 S. Baseline Rd. H572
      Memphis, TN - 4814 Lamar Ave. P486
      Omaha, NE - 4370 Gibson Rd. H397
      Oakland International Gateway, CA - 333 Maritime St. Z944
      Phoenix, AZ - 5281 Tom Murray Rd. Y386
      Portland, OR - 3930 NW Yeon X086
      Seattle (International Gateway - SIG), WA - 44 S. Hanford Y498
      S. Seattle, WA - 12400 51st Pl. S. Y371
      Spokane, WA - 1800 N. Dickey Y799
      St. Louis, MO - 3500 Wellington Ave. J300
      St. Paul, MN - 1701 Pierce Butler Rt. J828
      Stockton, CA - 6540 Austin Rd. W675



      A container is a weatherproof box designed for bulk shipment of freight. Domestic containers come in 45 feet, 48 feet and 53 feet in length. Ocean containers come in 20 feet and 40 feet in length. They are designed for all modes of intermodal transport.



      A trailer is a weatherproof box with permanent wheels designed for bulk shipment of freight on rail, highway or combination of both. Trailers come in 45 feet, 48 feet and 53 feet in length.

      Temperature-Controlled Trailers

      Contact BNSF at 817-867-6117

      Temperature Controlled Trailer
      A temperature-controlled trailer is a weatherproof box with permanent wheels designed for perishable shipment of freight on rail, highway or combination of both. Trailers come in 45 feet, 48 feet and 53 feet in length.
      Specifications Table Diagram
      Inside Length 72ft 2in
      Inside Height11ft 11in
      Inside Width9ft 2in
      Door TypePlug
      Door Width12ft
      Lading Capacity180,000lbs
      Cubic Foot Capacity7,883
      Fleet Size994
      Take an innovative approach to your food transportation and add BNSF temperature-controlled shipping to the mix. Temperature Controlled Department BNSF Railway Contact temperature controlled at BNSF at 817-867-6117

      Intermodal Railcar

      The most common intermodal container railcars that BNSF uses in intermodal transportation are shown below.

      Intermodal 3 Well Double Stack

      3 Well Double-Stack Car (There are also one and five well railcars)

      Conventional Intermodal Car

      Conventional Intermodal Car

      Oversize and Non-Standard Intermodal Equipment

      Dimensional, Nonstandard Equipment

      An Intermodal shipment greater than 8’6 wide and 13’6 high is considered Dimensional or Non-Standard Equipment. In general, with proper information and approvals (defined below), BNSF Intermodal can handle shipments up to 11’ wide and 15’ high.

      Any shipment greater than 11’ wide and 15’ high (17’ above top of rail) must follow the Carload Dimensional Process and move in manifest service (not to/from an Intermodal Hub).

      Shipment Information

      Complete the form on your Dimensional or Non-Standard Equipment shipment.

      Obtain Special Price Authority

      Once approvals are received, your Marketing Representative will provide an Intermodal Special Price Authority.

      Shipping Instructions

      When submitting the Shipping Instructions, state the shipment is Dimensional or Non-Standard Equipment, special price authority, actual commodity description (along with all the required elements as stated in the BNSF Intermodal Rules and Policies Guide, Item 7: Shipping Instructions).

      Tendering Shipment

      When tendering an Oversized shipment, it will be placed on Hold (LSHold) for Mechanical and Clearance Inspections. Inspections may take up to 2-3 business days.


      Area Name Contact
      Mechanical - Tie Down Tel: 913-551-4614
      Intermodal Hubs Ops Tel: 817-867-6388
      Load and Ride Solutions (LARS) LARS Contacts
      Intermodal Loading Guide
      AAR Publications AAR Open Top Rules
      Other AAR Updates
      Tel: 877-999-8824
      Carload High/Wide Clearance Carload High Wide Contacts  

      Don't own your own equipment?

      BNSF has partners with intermodal carriers to provide containers or trailers if you do not own your own equipment. In addition to providing equipment, these partners (or carriers) can assist with moving individual or multiple shipments, including interline traffic and complete door-to-door movement by arranging equipment, waybilling (shipping instructions), draying, tracing, etc. For more information, contact a BNSF sales representative.

      If you do own your own equipment, please review the information below:

      Loading and Shipment Safety
      Loading assistance and information.

      Intermodal Loading Guide
      Guidelines to properly load contents into equipment for intermodal transportation.

      Demurrage and Storage
      Intermodal storage.

      Prohibited Hazardous Commodities
      Prohibited commodities in some equipment.

      Neutral Chassis Pools

      At various Intermodal facilities, Neutral Chassis Pools are available for your use. See the table below for BNSF locations and pool operator contact information. To utilize Neutral Pool Chassis, a Chassis Use Agreement with the pool operator is required. Equipment rental charges are the responsibility of the user. Twenty (20'), forty (40'), and forty-five (45') foot chassis are available.

      BNSF Intermodal Facility Pool Vendor Leasing Co Equipment Initials Pick up and return chassis to the same facility unless noted Vendor Name Vendor Contact
      Alliance, TX GCCP CCM     Monty Falls Tel: 713-675-0600
      Birmingham, AL SACP CCM     Ken Tock Tel: 813-746-5337
      Chicago, IL COCP CCM     Chris Davis Tel: 847-346-0975
      Cicero, IL COCP CCM     Chris Davis Tel: 847-346-0975
      Denver, CO DCCP CCM     Allen Youngs Tel: 303-293-0103
      El Paso, TX GCCP CCM     Monty Falls Tel: 713-675-0600
      Houston, TX GCCP CCM     Monty Falls Tel: 713-675-0600
      Logistics Park Kansas City MWCP CCM     Robert Kline Tel: 816-472-2264
      Logistics Park, IL COCP CCM     Chris Davis Tel: 847-346-0975
      Los Angeles, CA Neutral Flexi-van FWAZ BNSF Christine Korsak Tel: 908-276-8000
      New Orleans, LA* GCCP CCM     Monty Falls Tel: 713-675-0600
      Oakland, CA Neutral Flexi-van FORZ BNSF Christine Korsak Tel: 908-276-8000
      Omaha, NE MWCP CCM     Robert Kline Tel: 816-472-2264
      Portland, CA Neutral TRAC TSSZ BNSF (South Seattle) Pam Di Meglio Tel: 609-986-0268
      S Seattle, WA Neutral TRAC TSSZ BNSF (Portland) Pam Di Meglio Tel: 609-986-0268
      St. Louis, MO* MWCP CCM     Robert Kline Tel: 816-472-2264
      St. Paul, MN Neutral TRAC TSPZ BNSF Pam DiMeglio Tel: 609-986-0268

      At some locations, the chassis may be returned to another city or to another railroad's intermodal facility within the same city.

      * Private chassis may not be staged at these locations.

      Advanced Lift and Ride Technology

      BNSF has invested in the latest technology to minimize equipment damage. This advanced lift technology features:

      • Wider and longer shoes
      • Ultra sensors to detect roof damage

      The benefits of this technology include:

      • Virtually eliminated roof damage
      • Faster lift on/lift off with error free lifting

      BNSF uses a manufacturer-approved, patented wedge device that prevents the airbag from stretching during lift operations. The incident-free air-ride handling BNSF provides has created a new market for air-ride equipment.

      BNSF's Intermodal Rules and Policies Guide defines the policies and procedures for all intermodal transportation.

      General Information

      Intermodal Customer Reference Guide
      Describes how to ship an intermodal shipment.

      Companies offering drayage services.

      Commodity Information

      Prohibited Hazardous Commodities
      Prohibited commodities in some equipment.

      Bulk Agricultural Products
      Procedures to ship bulk products via intermodal.

      Coiled Metal Shipment Policies and Procedures
      Procedures to ship coiled metal via intermodal.

      Sign Up for BNSF Customer Updates to receive information regarding:

      • Service Advisories: Temporary changes to service, including derailments, weather and holiday interruptions.
      • Network Overviews: Information on the overall BNSF network and regional maintenance of way projects.
      • Facility Updates: Information related to specific facilities.
      • Marketing News: New service or product offerings, or permanent changes to existing service.
      • Web Updates: Information about new, or changes to existing, Web-enabled tools at bnsf.com.
      • Pricing Updates: Changes to existing private or public price authorities for both intermodal and carload traffic.
      • Customer Letters: Letters sent to customers on a variety of Marketing and service-related topics.

      Ocean Containers

      Current customers, shipment questions Customer Support Tel: 888-428-2673
      BNSF China Representative
      Tel: 86-21-61415388
      Fax: 86-21-61415389
      BNSF Railway International Services Inc. Room 2903, Shanghai Times Square No. 93, Middle Huaihai Road, Shanghai, 200021

      Domestic Containers and Trailers

      Domestic Containers and Trailers Intermodal Solutions Regional Sales Mgr on BNSF's Intermodal Solutions Team (map below)
      Motor Carriers (truckload)
      Intermodal marketing companies
      Current customers, shipment questions Customer Support Tel: 888-428-2673

      Temperature Controlled Trailers

      Temperature-controlled trailers/containers
      Current customers, shipment questions Customer Support Tel: 888-428-2673

      Beneficial Cargo Owner Contacts

      Territories are based on customer headquarters location, please contact the corresponding industry expert in the contact list below the map:

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