Overseas | BNSF


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.

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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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