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
Review BNSF's Interactive Service Schedules.
BNSF intermodal prices are issued on a contract basis. To obtain a rate for shipping ocean containers (intermodal), please contact Intermodal@bnsf.com;intermodal;bnsf.com.
Pricing Tools and Resources
Percent of Revenue Fuel Surcharge
Applies to all BNSF ocean container (intermodal) shipments.
Surcharges for APHIS and COBRA inspects.
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.
Intermodal Facilities Listings
Intermodal Map – Detailed
Intermodal Map – Interactive
Intermodal Map – Overview
Driver and Parking Guide
Driver in-gate and general parking procedures.
Regions Domestic and International
Represents BNSF intermodal hubs and groupings in contractual agreements.
Facilities Information and Resource Management (FIRM) codes
|BNSF intermodal facilities
|Alliance, TX - 1111 Intermodal Parkway
|Atlanta (Fairburn), GA - 6700 McLarin Rd.
|Cicero, IL - 26th Street
|Corwith, IL - 3526 W. 43rd St.
|Denver, CO - 585 W. 53rd Place
|El Paso, TX - 805 S. Santa Fe St.
|Houston, TX - 214 Brisbane Rd.
|Logistics Park Kansas City, KS - 32880 w. 191 St.
|Los Angeles, CA - 4000 E. Sheila Street, Bldg 39
|Logistics Park Chicago, IL - 26664 S. Baseline Rd.
|Memphis, TN - 4814 Lamar Ave.
|New Orleans, LA - 539 Bridge City Ave.
|Omaha, NE - 4370 Gibson Rd.
|Oakland International Gateway, CA - 333 Maritime St.
|Phoenix, AZ - 5281 Tom Murray Rd.
|Portland, OR - 3930 NW Yeon
|Seattle (International Gateway - SIG), WA - 44 S. Hanford
|S. Seattle, WA - 12400 51st Pl. S.
|Spokane, WA - 1800 N. Dickey
|St. Louis, MO - 3500 Wellington Ave.
|St. Paul, MN - 1701 Pierce Butler Rt.
|Stockton, CA - 6540 Austin Rd.
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.
Contact BNSF at 817-867-6117
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.
|Inside Length ||72ft 2in|
|Inside Height||11ft 11in|
|Inside Width||9ft 2in|
|Cubic Foot Capacity||7,883|
|Take an innovative approach to your food transportation and add BNSF temperature-controlled shipping to the mix.
The most common intermodal container railcars that BNSF uses in intermodal transportation are shown below.
3 Well Double-Stack Car (There are also one and five well railcars)
Conventional Intermodal Car
Oversize and Non-Standard Intermodal 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).
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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.