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UPDS

Plant-to-Port

An Export Solution for Grain & Grain Products


Union Pacific and Union Pacific Distribution Services (UPDS) have joined together to offer Plant-to-Port a transportation and transload service delivering dried distillers grains (DDGs), grain and grain products from the Midwest to Southern California. This first-of-its-kind export program will utilize unit train hopper car shipments to a dedicated UPDS transload facility in Yermo, California. From there, double-stack intermodal trains will transport loaded 40 foot marine containers to Union Pacific served on-dock terminals at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Customers will pay UPDS an all-inclusive price per covered hopper carload that covers the entire Plant-to-Port shipment including the following services: rail shipment to Yermo, CA, empty intermodal container management, transloading from covered hopper to container, intermodal train loading and loaded container shipment from Yermo to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach,CA.

Pricing and Rates:

To calculate your Plant-to-Port rate, add the rail tariff rates (using the link below), plus fuel surcharge, to the Plant-to-Port Tariff Premiums (using rate matrix below).

  • Price & Document Inquiry System
    • For rail tariff rates on DDGs and other grain products please refer to UP 4053
    • For rail tariff rates on whole grain shipments please refer to UP 4051

Plant-toPort Tariff Premiums

Plant to Port Tariff Premiums
HDF Price DDGs C4s C5s
$0.00 to $2.299 $1,818 $1,672 $1,731
$2.30 to $2.419 $1,880 $1,737 $1,803
$2.42 to $2.539 $1,886 $1,744 $1,810
$2.54 to $2.659 $1,892 $1,751 $1,817
$2.66 to $2.779 $1,899 $1,757 $1,824
$2.78 to $2.899 $1,905 $1,764 $1,831
$2.90 to $3.019 $1,911 $1,770 $1,839
$3.02 to $3.139 $1,917 $1,777 $1,846
$3.14 to $3.259 $1,923 $1,783 $1,853
$3.26 to $3.379 $1,930 $1,790 $1,860
$3.38 to $3.499 $1,936 $1,796 $1,867
$3.50 to $3.619 $1,942 $1,803 $1,874
$3.62 to $3.739 $1,948 $1,809 $1,882
$3.74 to $3.859 $1,954 $1,816 $1,889
$3.86 to $3.979 $1,961 $1,822 $1,896
$3.98 to $4.099 $1,967 $1,829 $1,903
$4.10 to $4.219 $1,973 $1,836 $1,910
$4.22 to $4.339 $1,979 $1,842 $1,918
$4.34 to $4.459 $1,986 $1,849 $1,925
$4.46 to $4.579 $1,992 $1,855 $1,932
$4.58 to $4.699 $1,998 $1,862 $1,939
$4.70 to $4.819 $2,004 $1,868 $1,946

  • Rates above apply per commodity specific tariff rules and conditions to Yermo, CA and 40 foot ocean containers from Yermo, CA to the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach with the participating ocean carriers listed in Condition 3 below.
  • Price includes USDA grain inspections for unit trains of DDGS only. Additional charges will be assessed for certain whole grains (corn, milo, or beans).
  • Rates do not include any premiums paid to Union Pacific during the Plant-to-Port train slot auction.

Conditions of Shipment:

  1. Shipments must be made in unit train quantities of 80 or 100 carloads with a maximum average loading weight of 96 tons per covered hopper car. Should the weight per train exceed a total of 96 tons per covered hopper car, UPDS will make every effort to maximize container loading weights based on the available loading capacity of the intermodal well-cars. UPDS cannot guarantee availability of extra containers when the weight per train exceeds 96 tons per covered hopper car. At 51,000 lbs per container, approximately 301 containers will be used for transloading a unit train of 80 carloads (7680 tons), and approximately 376 containers will be used for transloading a unit train of 100 carloads (9600 tons). Customer shall be charged $650 per container for every increment of 25.5 tons or less when extra containers are necessary as a result of a unit train exceeding 96 tons per covered hopper car.
  2. Customer is responsible for securing bookings with the participating ocean carriers listed below:
    • American President Lines
    • China Shipping
    • COSCO Container Lines Americas
    • Evergreen Shipping Agency
    • Hapag Lloyd
    • "K" Line
    • NYK Line
    • Yang Ming
  3. At a minimum of two weeks prior to scheduled unit train departure for Yermo, CA, customer shall communicate origin plant location, booking number(s) and associated ocean carrier(s) and final Los Angeles/Long Beach port locations to UPDS.
  4. A sufficient supply of 40 ft containers must be provided by ocean carriers to support the inbound grain train. Although UPDS will oversee and monitor the movement of empty intermodal containers to Yermo, it is the responsibility of the customer to secure the bookings with the ocean carriers.
  5. Customers not utilizing direct EDI for billing unit trains must use our Transload Bill of Lading. UPDS must be listed as the send freight party on all waybills. For additional information regarding the TBOL system, please call 800-877-5633.
  6. Prices are subject to change. Please check this page regularly before reserving your train slot. For more information on the Plant-To-Port program or to participate in the online Plant-to-Port Train Slot auction, please click here.
  7. UPDS will invoice customers separately for the following accessorial services:
    1. Hard Car Unloading (defined as any car that takes more than 30 minutes to unload under normal operating conditions). . 160.00/hr
    2. Fumigation (DMX-7 application) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Market Rate
    3. Use of an additional 40' ocean container on trains exceeding an average of 96 tons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $650/container
    4. Non-use of Plant-to-Port train . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25,000/train
    5. Inspection charges (does not apply to DDGS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $350/car
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