Intermodal Container and Trailer Loading Methods

Though established test procedures the Damage Prevention and Loading Services group develops successful loading methods and evaluates new materials to prevent freight damage and ensure safe movement. The Damage Prevention and Freight Claim Committee reviews and approves all new intermodal  container and trailer loading methods and materials for intermodal rail service prior to publication.

DPLS publications are available for free download.

Circular 43-H: Rules Governing the Loading, Blocking, and Bracing of Freight in Closed Containers and Trailers for Intermodal Service (8/22)

Intermodal Loading Guide for Products in Closed Containers and Trailers (02/24)

For General Information Bulletins and Pneumatic Dunnage Product Verification List please reference Closed Car Loading Publications.

Flexitank Loading Information

Flexitanks that have successfully completed rail impact testing and simulation or field testing are review by the Damage Prevention and Freight Claim Committee and may receive conditional approval. Rail carriers must be contacted for individual approval prior to any shipments.
Contact for further information.

AAR Conditionally Approved Flexitanks (5/24)

Rail Carrier Flexitank Contact List

Minimum Acceptance Criteria for Flexitanks (Conditional Approval) (11/23)

Archived Intermodal Loading Publications

Publications that have been archived are available on request – contact