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Change to International Storage Charges for Tier 1 Terminals and Addition of Appliance Park, KY and St Louis, MO as Tier 1 Terminals

Apr 14, 2021


In an effort to increase efficiency, effective Friday, May 14, 2021, the following changes will apply to NS’s international storage policy.

1. The addition of Appliance Park, Kentucky and St Louis, Missouri as Tier 1 terminals.

2. All international units grounding at Tier 1 terminals will be granted Free Time of one (1) day following the Day of Notification.

Tier 1 Terminals:

All international units grounding at Tier 1 terminals will be granted Free Time of one (1) day following the Day of Notification.

For Tier 1 terminals, both Saturday and Sunday will count as a business day for the purposes of Day of Notification and Free Time. NS recognized holidays will not count as a business day. The holidays recognized by NS are listed in Appendix A of the NS Rules Circular.

Storage Charges will begin to accrue at 8:00 a.m. of the day following the last day of Free Time. Likewise, subsequent days of Storage Charges will accrue at 8:00 a.m. NS Free Days will remain the same. After the exhaustion of free days, the Storage Charge is $200 for Day 1 and $300 per day or part of any day the unit remains on the terminal. A unit will continue to incur Storage Charges on weekends and holidays if its Free Time has expired prior to the start of, or during the weekend or a holiday.

All other international storage rules will remain in effect unchanged.

Our goal with this change is to increase velocity, 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.

The latest version of the Rules Circular can be viewed here. Please contact your Norfolk Southern Market Manager if you have any questions.

Norfolk Southern Intermodal provides 24/7 automated information services for shipment tracing, billing verification, and storage charges (including the Last Free Day) through our Touch-Trace voice response system at 800-497-2919. Customers and dray carriers can also utilize AccessNS and ExpressNSTM for information concerning their shipments.