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Per Diem Update

Jun 26, 2020

Dear Intermodal Shippers,

Effective Monday July 13, 2020, EMP and TMXU related per diem rates, as well as chassis use charges, will revert to their standard usage programs.  The normal scales will be applicable as follows:


  • Applicable rates are based on the shipment start date
  • Any shipments with a Shipment Start Date prior to July 13, 2020 will continue on the COVID scale until the unit is returned
  • Shipments with a Shipment Start Date of July 13, or after, will have per diem assessed based on our normal per diem scales as follows:

Escalating Per Diem

Daily Charge

Days 1 - 5


Days 6 – 10


Days 11 – 20


Days 21+


  • The fee for containers that were pulled empty from NS terminals and then returned empty to an NS terminal will be reinstated as well


  • Normal chassis use charges will apply beginning July 13.

As always, we thank you for your partnership and for your immense effort in serving our collective communities over the past few months.

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