Lumber & Panel LOGs Rollover and Auction Beginning January 18, 2021

Oct 12, 2020

BNSF is offering current Loading Origin Guarantees Program (LOGs) permit holders the option to rollover their current weekly commitment at $0 premium and will auction the balance of cars beginning Monday, January 18, 2021. The official rollover instrument (email) will be sent by October 23, 2020, to the email address BNSF has on file for existing LOGs permits. The rollover option is only applicable to the 52-week shipping period from February 8, 2021 to February 6, 2022.

Based on equipment availability and the results of the rollover option, BNSF will offer the remaining LOGs capacity beginning Monday, January 18, 2021. Guaranteed equipment and placement of centerbeam flats, bulkhead flats and a limited number of boxcars will be offered for 52-, 26-, 13- and 4-week permits through the LOGs Program. All customers (eligible per the LOGs rules) will continue to have the opportunity to bid in the LOGs auction.

The following list highlights the key features of the 2020 BNSF LOGs Program:

  • LOGs customers will continue to be subject to the same pricing as non-LOGs shipments.
  • Current LOGs permit holders will be emailed an official rollover instrument to be executed via email by December 15, 2020.
  • The freight deductions (if applicable) for 52-week permits will remain at $0 for all permits.
  • The annual flex of -5% will again be available this period for all 52-week permit holders.
  • The weekly ordering flex percent will continue to be +/-10% and will continue to allow a one-car minimum flex. Per the LOGs rules: BNSF reserves the right to discontinue the weekly flex during times of tight equipment supply.
  • LOGs penalty amounts will remain equalized for all permits (BNSF failure remains at $200 per car, LOGs permit owner shortfall penalty remains $200 per car, including 52-week permits).

The auctions will be held Monday, January 18, 2021 (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST) and Monday, January 25, 2021, if all available equipment has not already been allocated.

For information about the various LOGs applications and how to use the program, please review the LOGs quick reference guide.

For further details about the BNSF LOGs Program, please consult Rules Book BNSF-7 (must be logged in to Customer Portal to view).

If you have any questions, please contact your BNSF sales representative or email

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