BNSF - Ship with BNSF - New to Rail or BNSF

New to Rail or BNSF?

BNSF strives to make your shipping experience as easy and seamless as possible. You can rely on us to help walk you through the step-by-step process of becoming a customer. Whether you're shipping one load or 1,000 loads, single cars or dedicated trains, we make doing business with BNSF simple.

Tell us a little about what you are shipping to learn more about the process of becoming a customer, what information you'll need and how to get started.

Choose a Commodity

Coal

General time for setup and processing is approximately two weeks, but this can vary greatly depending on approvals and urgency.

Not Rail Served?

For help in establishing, expanding or relocating your next site, please contact:

, Tel: 817-867-6584

Here's a list of items and information you'll need on hand to get you started.

  1. Where you will be shipping from/to (mine and receiver)
  2. Amount you will be shipping
  3. Unloading time
  4. Your timeframe, including deadlines and milestones
  5. Your rail equipment needs
  6. Name of freight payer
  7. What commodities you are shipping (Utility Coal or Industrial Coal)
  8. Business and credit information

When you contact BNSF, you can expect a quick response that will have your request rolling right away.

Your Coal Contact:

, Tel: 817-867-6337

Containers or Trailers (Intermodal)

Get On Board with BNSF Railway

Once you decide to become a BNSF Intermodal carrier, we'll assist you with the on-boarding process, which consists of three primary steps:

1. Sign an Intermodal Agreement

  • Insurance validation
  • BNSF Intermodal Rules & Policies Guide
  • Driver database registration
  • Intermodal equipment registration

2. Complete the Credit Approval Process

  • Credit application form
  • Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) authorization

3. Register for BNSF's online suite of tools

  • Track and trace shipments
  • Submit bills of lading
  • Print, pay, and manage invoices
  • Manage or guarantee storage charges

Click to read more.

There's no better time than now to align yourself with BNSF Railway, the industry's intermodal leader.

If you own your equipment (trailers or containers) and would like to learn more about joining BNSF's elite group of intermodal carriers, contact .

Ethanol, Fertilizer, Grains & Bulk Foods

General time for setup and processing is approximately two weeks, but this can vary greatly depending on approvals and urgency.

Here's a list of items and information you'll need on hand to get you started.

  1. What commodities you are shipping (hazardous materials, etc.)
  2. Where you will be shipping from/to
  3. Amount you will be shipping and seasonality
  4. Infrastructure and service needs
  5. Business and credit information

When you contact BNSF, you can expect a quick response that will have your request rolling within 72 hours. We'll help you with all the details and get you and your shipments on their way.

Grains and Feed Contact

Finished Vehicles

General time for setup and processing is approximately two weeks, but this can vary greatly depending on approvals and urgency.

Here's a list of items and information you'll need on hand to get you started.

  1. Shipping information (Origin / Destination)
  2. Type of multilevel equipment needed (Bilevel, Trilevel, or Auto-Max®)
  3. Amount of vehicles to be shipped
  4. Type of vehicles to be shipped (New or Used)
  5. Business and credit information

When you contact BNSF, you can expect a quick response that will have your request rolling within one business day.

Your Automotive Contact:

, Tel: 817-867-6027

All Other Freight

General time for setup and processing is approximately two weeks, but this can vary depending on approvals and urgency.

Not Rail Served?

  • If you are not directly served by a railroad and need delivery by truck, consider using one of our premier transloaders or BNSF Logistics.
  • You can also work with our Economic Development team to establish or expand your next site. Talk to us today!

Here's a list of items and information you'll need on hand to get you started.

  1. What commodities you are shipping
  2. Where you will be shipping from/to
  3. Amount you will be shipping
  4. Shipper/receiver names and addresses (locations don't have to be rail served)
  5. Name of freight payer
  6. Business and credit information

When you contact BNSF, you can expect a timely response that will have your request rolling within two business days.

Become a New BNSF Customer

Begin shipping with BNSF quickly and easily. We will need the following information to get you started with BNSF:

  • Commodities you will be shipping. Please use our STCC/Commodity Lookup tool for exact commodity information.
  • Origin and destination for your shipment.
  • Amount you will be shipping.

Connect with BNSF
or 817-867-6223

Pricing/Rates

Get a rate quickly with our easy online price lookup tool Carload Shipping Advisor

Shipping Questions

Our Customer Support team will answer questions about your shipment, including billing, service, etc

Customer Support or 888-428-2673, option 4, 3

Our Equipment team will help answer your questions regarding equipment 888-428-2673, option 4, 4

Helpful Links

Quickly find out who is rail served by BNSF Serving Carrier Reciprocal Switch Inquiry Tool
Easily locate a transloader on BNSF network Premier Transloader Directory
Locate your new site near BNSF or have your existing site served by BNSF Economic Development


Rail Development

Expanding or developing a new rail-served facility can be challenging, especially when it comes to navigating through all the necessary processes. You can rely on BNSF to help guide you through all aspects of expanding or developing a new site, including evaluating and selecting the best options for your business.