Union Pacific Flip Policy

UP line haul intermodal rates cover one container lift-on to an intermodal flatcar at origin and one container lift-off of an intermodal flatcar at destination if container is originating and destined to a UPRR terminal. All additional lifts and/or flips incurred by UP at a customer's request at either origin or destination will be charged at the current UP Master Intermodal Transportation Agreement (MITA) rate of $50.00 per occurrence, unless otherwise specified.

All UP intermodal terminals follow the Flip Payment and Authorization Process outlined below.

Flip Authorization and Payment Process

  • Applicable flip charges must be paid or authorized before the Intermodal Unit is out-gatedfrom the Intermodal Terminal.  Guarantees must be authorized via the web by the Intermodal Accessorial Management tool in MyUPRR. Shippers that have not established credit with UPRR must pay for flips in advance of UPRR performing the flip service.
  • Invoices for flip authorizations will be mailed to the authorizing customer.Payments are due 15 days after the invoice date.  If full payment is not made,customer may be placed on a cash only basis for all future container flips. Flips will not be performed unless payment for the flip is made in advance.
  • If there is any dispute as to whether a flip is a chargeable flip, this dispute must be resolved with the Intermodal terminal representative at the time the flip is requested. If the UPRR deems that no flip charge is warranted, then no payment or authorization will be required. Once an authorization is provided by a customer, then the charge must be paid.

We appreciate your assistance in ensuring that this policy is distributed and reviewed with all of your U.S.offices and intermodal partners.  We believe that these processes will result in efficient flip operations for UPRR and our valuable customers. 

We appreciate your assistance in ensuring that this policy is distributed and reviewed with all of your U.S. offices and intermodal partners. We believe that these processes will result in efficient flip operations for UP and our valuable customers.