Security Solutions

When we say we have you covered, we mean it. Comprehensive security includes every facet of your cargo's journey, from pickup to delivery. It might sound simple, but there are a lot of miles out there and we want you to rest easy when your cargo is with us. From supply chain protection to homeland security, BNSF has the solutions you need to keep your shipments secure.

To learn more about our cargo security, explore the tabs below.

Across our Network

  • BNSF employs its own fully certified state law enforcement officers who carry full police and arrest powers.
  • Our BNSF Police conduct proactive, uniformed patrol to combat trespassing and cargo theft.
  • We have a collaborative approach with state and local authorities, customers and citizens.
  • BNSF partners with shippers, providing free, on-site security consultation.

At our Intermodal Facilities

  • BNSF utilizes site-specific security procedures, processes, and physical security to deliver a high degree of protection at intermodal facilities.
  • At select locations, BNSF has installed automated gate systems, which match a driver's biometric fingerprint to their registered driver's license information to ensure they move the load as directed by the motor carrier.

For more information about BNSF Police, click here.

As part of its continuing effort to meet customers' expectations for security, BNSF has joined the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT). C-TPAT is a cooperative endeavor between the trade community and the U.S. Customs Service to develop, enhance, and maintain effective security processes throughout the global supply chain.

U.S. Customs

U.S. Customs recognizes participating companies in C-TPAT as diligent in maintaining a secure supply chain -- as participants agree to establish policies to enhance their own security practices and those of supply chain partners. One of the requirements of a C-TPAT participant is to ensure that all areas of its supply chain -- such as documents, information systems, employee and contractor identification, equipment, and facilities-are secure.


C-TPAT is a security program for the entire supply chain, and as a result, many of our customers participate in the program. Your customers may contact you with questions regarding BNSF's participation. BNSF Railway is a certified member of C-TPAT, partner identification number burRai00848.


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The BNSF Resource Protection Solutions Team is constantly striving to develop and locate security devices that provide high-quality protection in a variety of environments. See sources below for more information.

Seal Resources

Barrier seal requirements  

Seal manufacturers

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Seal manufacturers are frequently showcasing new products and those that are suitable for products moving by rail are shown here. Information on this site should not be construed as an endorsement of one product over another.

Seal Programs

  • Shipment Integrity Reporting (SIR) - This program allows BNSF customers to obtain timely information on any seal changes that occur while the shipment is in BNSF custody. Shippers have the option to request SIR reports be auto generated to any designated printer, facsimile, or Internet address. The report is generally provided within three business days.

Cable Protection

Cable Protection Figure: Loop the cable through the upper locking rods, then pull the cable through the lock pad and pull until tight.

Keep your intermodal shipments out of reach from intruders every leg of the trip with the Figure 8 security cable. At little cost, this 3/16-inch high-tensile-strength steel cable quickly secures most cargo doors. Tampering is virtually impossible because the cable slips through the upper locking rods of your doors, out of reach of most thieves. At the loading dock, the cable is within reach and easily removed.

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BNSF is committed to the safe transportation of hazardous materials, which is vital for the protection of our employees, customers and the communities in which we operate. Hazardous materials shipped on BNSF receive special identification and handling that includes waybill preparation, track and train list inventories, in-train placement checks, automatically updated train list entries and emergency response information. BNSF tracks all sensitive shipments. We are continually analyzing the location of cars in a train to ensure BNSF complies with all regulations.


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Tel: 800-507-9227
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