Changes to Freetime and Storage
In order to encourage the efficient and rapid movement of containers through NS terminals,
effective April 20, 2015 we will be amending the Free Time and Storage provisions for
International containers outlined in the NS Intermodal Rules Circular as follows:
- All NS terminals will remain at the current free time allowance of Day of Notification
plus two days.
- Day of Notification will be determined as follows:
- If a unit is notified as available for pick up by NS prior to 17:00 on a given day,
that day will be considered the Day of Notification.
- For units notified at or after 17:00 on a given day, the next "Business Day"
will be considered the Day of Notification.
- If a unit is notified as available for pick up at any time on a non-Business Day, then
the following Business Day will be considered the Day of Notification.
- At locations providing for Saturday gate hours, Saturday will be considered a "Business
Day" As such, at those locations, Saturday can be a Day of Notification, and will count
against Free Time. At terminals not providing Saturday gate hours, Saturday status will not
change. Terminals with no current Saturday gate hours are Charleston, Sharonville,
Detroit Livernois, Georgetown, Appliance Park, Buechel and New Orleans. Free time at
these terminals will not be affected by the change.
- Storage Charges: Containers remaining on the terminal beyond the expiration of Free Time will
be assessed $100 per unit per day or part of day for days 1 through 5. Beginning on Day 6, the
assessed charge will be increased to $150 per unit per day.
Norfolk Southern';s goal with these changes is to preserve and improve the fluidity of our
terminals so that all customers can enjoy an efficienttransportation 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 local NS
Intermodal Account Manager.