BNSF Initiates Los Angeles Weekend Incentive for Ocean Containers - Program Supports Greater Supply Chain Efforts to Improve Freight Flows

Sep 23, 2021

In an effort to help kick start the Port of Los Angeles’ and Long Beach’s recently announced Accelerate Cargo initiative to expedite freight flows from the Long Beach/Los Angeles port complexes, BNSF Railway will offer a new weekend in-gate incentive at its Los Angeles Hobart and Commerce Intermodal Facilities. Our ocean carrier customers will receive a $50 incentive per ocean container that in-gates on a Saturday or Sunday at either facility for the next three weekends. The new BNSF program is meant to boost collaborative 24/7 supply chain operations and reduce the current backlog of cargo in the port complexes.

In addition, BNSF has taken aggressive measures to increase capacity, improve rail performance, and position our network to handle more volume as we head into the peak holiday shipping season. Some of our most impactful measures include the following:

  • Process improvements and collaboration with carrier partners and BCOs (Beneficial Cargo Owners) to improve throughput at our inland hubs and reduce the backlog of trains holding in Chicago and Memphis
  • Reopened BNSF’s Harvard Intermodal Facility in the Memphis market for certain international intermodal freight, providing additional capacity and service to a key market
  • Streamlined train loading and unloading processes through collaboration with our carrier partners to facilitate loading directly from the chassis to the train and vice versa thus bypassing additional handling within the intermodal facilities, improving efficiency and throughput
  • Offered enhanced APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) to provide dray carriers with real-time data on shipments so that they can more efficiently plan and prioritize cargo delivery and improve driver turn times and productivity

These new enhancements support greater supply chain efficiency and are made possible due to BNSF’s continued focus on expanding network capacity and service capabilities for our customers.

To learn more, please contact your BNSF marketing representative.

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