Ship with BNSF – Intermodal – Other Logistics Providers - BNSF

Other Logistics Providers

First-rate service for third-party logistics.

Flexible

BNSF offers the most flexible intermodal services in the industry, making it easier for your customers to manage their logistics and optimize supply chain efficiencies.

The Most Options

Customize your shipping strategies with BNSF's diverse service portfolio.

  • We offer two distinct service options, one emphasizing speed (Expedited Container and Expedited Trailer transit times average 800 miles per day) and the other emphasizing cost (Standard Container transit times average 600 miles per day).
  • We partner with intermodal carriers who can provide containers or trailers and also assist with moving individual or multiple shipments, including interline traffic and complete door-to-door movement by arranging equipment, billing, draying, tracing, etc.

The Most Capacity

Take advantage of our extensive route and facility capacity.

  • We have invested billions annually to expand and improve our network, which means more network capacity to meet your needs.
  • We continue to increase capacity and implement new technologies at its intermodal facilities. For example, our Automated Gate Systems (AGS) technology enables drivers to enter our secured Intermodal facility, drop-off the shipment, pick up another shipment and depart the facility usually within 30 minutes.
  • We partner with intermodal carriers to provide containers or trailers, so owning your own equipment isn't necessary.

The Broadest Reach

Access more major markets with our unparalleled network.

  • Our 32,500-mile network gives you access to the fastest-growing consumer markets in the U.S.
  • Our intermodal network gives you access to the top U.S. markets and covers 96% of the U.S. population.
  • We are the only railway to offer direct service between the West Coast and Atlanta.

Reliable

BNSF offers the most reliable service in the industry, so you can count on BNSF to get the job done, which allows you to focus on the many other aspects of your logistics management.

The Best Performance

Ensure your shipments arrive on time (and, of course, safely) by working with the fastest intermodal carrier in the industry.

  • Named the fastest carrier in the industry for four years in a row by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
  • We deliver speeds that meet or even exceed single-driver, over-the-road transit times.
  • We handle nearly one million loads per year of the most time-sensitive freight including Parcel, LTL and Temperature-Controlled.
  • We have some of the most efficient and modern intermodal hub facilities in the industry. For example, our Automated Gate Systems (AGS) technology enables drivers to enter our secured Intermodal facility, drop-off the equipment (shipment), pick-up another shipment and depart the facility typically within 30 minutes.
  • BNSF is best-in-class for safe and damage-free shipments.

A Dedicated Team

Experience exemplary customer service throughout your shipment lifecycle.

  • An integrated approach and cohesive team makes our level of service and responsiveness a true differentiator.
  • We have a dedicated intermodal team, so they know what you're talking about—and what they're talking about.
  • Our award-winning customer support is accessible 24/7/365, so you can be sure things will work out just fine even if things don't go as planned.

Innovative

BNSF is the most innovative company in the intermodal industry and is constantly developing new ways to provide its customers with more flexibility, more reliability and more value.

The First Name in the Industry

Customize your shipping strategies with BNSF's diverse service portfolio.

  • First to offer truck-like intermodal service.
  • First and only railroad to partner exclusively with motor carriers to market its intermodal services.
  • First railroad to offer differentiated intermodal service levels.
  • First and only railroad to offer single network reach from the West Coast to Atlanta.
  • First railroad to champion the Logistics Park (LP) concept in designing Intermodal facilities at LP Alliance (DFW), LP Chicago, LP Memphis, and LP Kansas City.

Innovations That Increase Speed and Reliability

  • BNSF has invested in advanced Hub technologies such as Automated Gate Systems and efficient wide span cranes to maximize driver turn times.
  • Logistics Parks are revolutionizing inbound logistics by eliminating miles from the overall supply chain and allowing freight to move quickly to its needed destination.

Innovations That Increase Flexibility

We are constantly working on innovations to expand the flexibility of intermodal to support a broader range of cargo and technical specifications from its customers.

Innovations That Increase Efficiency

With innovations like easy-to-use tracking software, we are making it easier than ever for customers to see everything in their intermodal supply chain and manage it even more efficiently.