BNSF to Stop Ingate of Temperature Controlled Intermodal Units

Sep 12, 2022

As you are aware, BNSF and the other railroads continue to actively meet with labor unions to seek agreements before the cooling-off period ends this Friday, September 16, 2022. Although we have now reached tentative agreements with nine of our 12 unions, every union has to be under an agreement to avoid a strike or other job action that will impact the movement of your freight.

With the deadline quickly approaching, BNSF must take action on a small subset of certain commodities before a service interruption to ensure our customers’ freight safety and security, including temperature-sensitive shipments.

  • Effective Wednesday, September 14 at 12:01 am, BNSF will not allow Temperature Controlled Intermodal (TCI) units to in-gate at any of its intermodal facilities.
  • Customers are encouraged to pick up their TCI units that have reached their final destination and units at origin that have not been loaded onto a train.
  • Non-running TCI units used for dry bulk shipments may still be in-gated.

The situation remains fluid, and BNSF will continue to update you as more information becomes available. We appreciate your patience and ongoing collaborative efforts as we work to reach agreements with the remaining three unions to avoid disruption to rail service. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact your marketing representative.