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Changes to Free Time and Storage Rules for Domestic Equipment

Jul 18, 2016

 

In order to better serve our customers and to support efficient throughput of equipment at NS terminals, effective April 1, 2016 Norfolk Southern will be amending the Free Time and Storage provisions for domestic trailers and containers outlined in the NS Intermodal Rules Circular as follows:

  • All domestic equipment shipments will be granted free time allowance of Day of Notification plus two days. 
    • This change creates one standard rule for both interline and NS local shipments, eliminating the 1 or 3 free time provisions for NS local shipments.
  • The Day of Notification will be determined for all domestic equipment shipments as follows:
    • When notification is made before 17:00 (5:00 PM), that day will be considered the Day of Notification.
    • If notification is made after 17:00 (5:00 PM), the next “Business Day” will be considered the Day of Notification.
    • If notification is made at any time on a non-Business Day (Sunday or NS observed holiday), then the following Business Day will be considered the Day of Notification.
    • This change creates one standard rule for both interline and NS local shipments.
  • At NS terminals with Saturday gate hours, Saturday will be considered a “Business Day.”  At those terminals, Saturday can be a Day of Notification and will count against Free Time.  This change does not impact shipments to NS’s Huntsville terminal.
  • Storage Billing and Processing:
    • Rail-owned equipment (EMP and TMX containers): Storage billing and any disputes will be processed by REZ-1.
      • This change streamlines billing for storage and per diem.
    • Private equipment: Storage billing and any disputes will continue to be processed by Norfolk Southern.
  • Storage Charges:
    • The current storage fees for domestic equipment will remain unchanged at $75 for days 1-10 and $100 for 11+ days after the expiration of free time.

Norfolk Sothern’s goal with these changes is to improve our customer service by streamlining our rules and processes as well as to preserve and improve the fluidity of our terminals so that all customers can enjoy an efficient transportation network. We recognize that implementing the necessary changes can be challenging, and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we move forward.

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

NEW Free Time Table for Domestic Equipment
Beginning April 1, 2016

If Notify is on

Then Free Time will end

Monday

Before 17:00

Wednesday

23:59

Monday

After 17:00

Thursday

23:59

Tuesday

Before 17:00

Thursday

23:59

Tuesday

After 17:00

Friday

23:59

Wednesday

Before 17:00

Friday

23:59

Wednesday

After 17:00

Saturday

23:59

Thursday

Before 17:00

Saturday

23:59

Thursday

After 17:00

Monday

23:59

Friday

Before 17:00

Monday

23:59

Friday

After 17:00

Tuesday

23:59

Saturday

Before 17:00

Tuesday

23:59

Saturday

After 17:00

Wednesday

23:59

Sunday

Before 17:00

Wednesday

23:59

Sunday

After 17:00

Wednesday

23:59