Class I memories: BNSF, CN


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Marybeth Luczak, Editor-in-Chief

CN is committed to the UN Global Compact initiative, which it describes as a “voluntary leadership platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible business practices.” (Photo courtesy of CN, via Twitter)

BNSF notifies customers of compliance with Carta Porte regulations for shipments to Mexico. In addition, CN adheres to the United Nations (UN) Global Compact initiative.

The Mexican Tax Authority (SAT) will begin enforcing the new Carta Porte rules on December 31, 2022, BNSF reported in an online client notification on November 7. “As previously communicated, the Carta Porte requirements issued last year by the SAT mandate require additional consignment note information on shipments moving to Mexico,” according to Class I, which noted that requirements specifics could be found in the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Carta Porte Supplement (scroll down to download).

BNSF said it will implement the requirements beginning Dec. 15 to “enable adequate testing and ensure a smooth transition to the new process,” and will continue to work with customers to “test systems and help to prepare”.

“Under the new SAT rules, EDI 404/BNSF Origin shipments and EDI 417/ traffic received in exchange will require full Carta Porte data,” BNSF explained. “BNSF may hold shipments that do not comply with Carta Porte requirements at origin and/or reject shipments for exchange. In addition, non-compliant shipments may be subject to additional fees and charges.

“BNSF systems have been enabled to accept additional information from Carta Porte via Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) as well as in our shipping instructions application. In shipping instructions, for multiple units to Mexico, the Carta Porte information can be copied from the lead unit to each follower unit. The Shipping Instructions application can be accessed through the BNSF Customer Portal (login/password required).

In related developments, Union Pacific in October informed customers of Carta Porte’s requirements.

On November 8, CN announced its commitment to the United Nations Global Compact initiative.

CN said it has joined the “Voluntary Leadership Platform for the Development, Implementation and Disclosure of Responsible Business Practices”. More than 15,000 companies and 3,800 non-commercial signatories, based in more than 160 countries, participate.

“The United Nations Global Compact calls on companies around the world to align their operations and strategies with universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption, and to take action in support of the goals and issues of the United Nations set out in the Sustainable Development Goals,” according to the Class I Railroad.

“We are proud to join companies around the world that are showing leadership by implementing responsible business practices,” said CN President and CEO Tracy Robinson. “Sustainability is at the heart of CN’s goal to be the safest, most carbon-efficient, most operationally efficient and most customer-focused railroad in North America.

On September 14, CN released a 2021 Sustainability Report Data Supplement outlining key performance metrics in the areas of environment, safety, people, community and economy.

In related developments, Canadian Pacific (CP) announced on July 7 that it joined the United Nations Global Compact.

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