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NS purchases equipment, material, and services at the lowest overall cost, consistent with accepted standards for quality and services. We develop cost-effective standards and specifications to negotiate procurements and schedule delivery of equipment, material, and services.


Purchase Order Terms & Conditions

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Material Freight Routing Instructions

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E-Railsafe Program

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Contractor FAQ's

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Avetta - Vendor Safety Program

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Operating Guidelines for Contractors

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Electronic Data Interchange Agreement

NS EDI suppliers must sign an Electronic Trading Agreement to receive purchase orders via EDI, which replaces paper communications with electronic communications. All existing terms, conditions, and agreements between the parties are unaffected. The NS Purchase Order Terms & Conditions and NS Material Freight Routing Instructions which are included with every purchase order, are also included as attachments to the Electronic Data Interchange Agreement.

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Sourcing Sustainability Statement

Norfolk Southern is committed to sustainability by being a responsible steward of the environment and helping to protect the communities where we operate and source materials. We strive to partner with companies that hold the same ideals through their demonstration of sustainable projects and policies.

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Conflict Minerals Policy

Some of NS’ business operations likely constitute the manufacturing of products for sale, making it necessary for NS to investigate and report on the presence of any “conflict minerals” (in general, tungsten, tin, tantalum and/or gold) in those products.  NS suppliers should be aware of, and prepared to assist NS in carrying out, the NS conflict minerals policy.

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Conflict Minerals FAQ

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Supplier Diversity

Please visit our Supplier Diversity page for more information, and to download the NS Supplier Diversity Program Brochure.