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Changes to Free Time and Storage Rules for Domestic Equipment

Mar 16, 2018


In an effort to better service our customers and increase efficiency at our Intermodal facilities, effective April 16, 2018 the free time and storage provisions for domestic equipment grounding at destination will change as follows:

Free Time

The following Intermodal facilities will be categorized as Tier 1. All domestic shipments grounding at Tier 1 facilities will receive a free-time allowance of Day of Notification plus one free day.

  • Atlanta (Inman), GA
  • Austell, GA
  • Ayer, MA
  • Calumet, IL
  • Chicago 47th Street, IL
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Morrisville, PA

All other Intermodal facilities will be categorized as Tier 2. All domestic shipments grounding at Tier 2 facilities will receive a free-time allowance of Day of Notification plus two free days.

Storage Charges 

The daily storage rate for domestic shipments will increase to $100 for days 1-5 and to $200 for days 6 and beyond following the expiration of free time.

All other storage rules will remain in effect as they pertain to the Day of Notification determination, Saturday terminals, and billing and processing.

Our goal with these changes is to increase velocity through our Intermodal facilities, allowing us to operate a more efficient transportation network. We understand that there may be challenges around these necessary changes, and we appreciate your understanding as we move forward.  

If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please contact your NS Market Manager.