NS is currently applying the on-car storage rules in NS Intermodal Rules Circular #2 Item 4.6.1 at Appliance Park, Birmingham, Detroit, and New Orleans, but suppressing the $100 per day per container charge. Currently, at these wheeled locations, free time is forfeited if chassis are not available to mount private ocean containers arriving at these terminals by rail.
Effective July 1, 2022, the on-car storage policy currently in place at Appliance Park, Birmingham, Detroit, and New Orleans will be expanded to the following wheeled NS Intermodal terminals listed below for private ocean containers: Austell, Columbus, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Jacksonville, Croxton, Greensboro, Norfolk-Portlock, and Georgetown. Thus, if chassis are not available, NS will suppress the on-car storage charge, but free time will be forfeited at these terminals for private ocean containers. NS will maintain this policy at all the above locations until further notice.
For ease of reference, please find rule 4.6.1 below:
If a privately owned or controlled container arrives via rail at NS locations and is unable to be unloaded from the railcar and removed from the terminal due to a shortage of chassis, the shipper will be notified. The Shipper shall then furnish a chassis suitable for over-the-road movement of the container(s), whether loaded or empty. If NS is not timely supplied a serviceable chassis for each container, the Shipper shall pay an additional charge of $100 per container for each day a container remains on a railcar until NS is furnished a chassis for that container. A chassis is considered unavailable if it already has a container mounted on it, regardless of whether it is an inbound or outbound container.
- Free time on that unit will be forfeited;
- Shipper shall pay an assessment of $100 per container for each day, or fraction thereof, that a container remains on a railcar prior to (1) NS being able to place the container on the ground within the space a given terminal customarily holds containers without a chassis, or (2) NS is furnished a chassis for that container and is able to mount the container to the chassis;
- Upon Shipper supplying a serviceable chassis, the container will be removed from the railcar and the customer will be notified that the unit is ready to be picked-up. At this point, normal storage charges will begin to accrue.
- NS will determine if a terminal’s conditions allow for a container to be placed on the ground prior to Shipper supplying a chassis. Once a container is placed on the ground, the customer will be notified (1) the unit is ready to be picked up and (2) they are short on available chassis. At this point, normal storage charges begin to accrue.
- In cases where a container is placed on the ground at a location, due to a shortage of chassis, this will count as the initial lift-off of the car. Additional lift charges for lifting the container from the ground to a chassis will be assessed as described in Sections 4.6.2 and 4.6.3 of this Rules Circular. Additional lift charges will be assessed in all cases when applicable.
The latest version of the Rules Circular can be viewed here. Please contact your Norfolk Southern Market Manager if you have any questions.
*Private Ocean Container is a container not owned or controlled by Norfolk Southern
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.