• Drayage We service Arizona, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, West Texas and Northern Mexico from the ramps at the BNSF & UPRR, and International Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.


  • Port of Phoenix Our expertise and commitment to your logistics needs enables us to specialize in difficult shipments, which may require border crossings, multiple carriers or special equipment to get the job done.


  • Why Absolute? It was not enough to just include "Absolute Quality" in our mission statement, we have made it WHO WE ARE! Our customers appreciate our commitment to ABSOLUTE quality drayage.


  • Our Commitment We'll do ABSOLUTELY anything we can to avoid problems for our customers such as demurrage, per diem, detention or late appointments.



  • Your Success YOUR success is OUR success and we know it, that's why we work so hard for you and why we are still here.




Economic Blast

The Bureau of Economic Analysis reported that real (i.e., inflation adjusted) gross domestic product (GDP) increased just 0.7%, which is an annualized rate, during the fourth quarter. The low reading was expected as most economic indicators pointed to weaker growth during the quarter. A drawdown in inventories reduced GDP by 0.45 percentage points during the fourth quarter. An inventory reduction also reduced GDP by 0.71 percentage points in the third quarter. While being a drag in the short run, inventories throughout the supply chain need to be reduced. So far the reduction has not been as large as we would have liked, which means GDP growth early in 2016 may be softer than expected as the inventory cycle continues.

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had increased in December, improved moderately in January. The Index now stands at 98.1 (1985=100), up from 96.3 in December. The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the U.S. declined 0.2 percent in December to 123.7 (2010 = 100), following a 0.5 percent increase in both November and October.

Quotable

"Nothing is ever lost by courtesy. It is the cheapest of pleasures, costs nothing, and conveys much."
– Erastus Wiman (1834-1904)

Ramp/Dock Report: January 2016

Two weeks out from Chinese New Year and there is
still no evidence of the traditional surge in cargo exports from China before the long holiday, with spot freight rates on Shanghai to North Europe and the Mediterranean declining sharply for the third week running. In a period that is supposed to generate solid volumes of cargo, the falling spot rates before Chinese New Year begins on Feb. 8 show that demand is not strong enough to overcome the surplus capacity made available by the shipping lines.

FMCSA's final rule, published on November 30, 2015, prohibiting motor carriers, shippers, receivers, and transportation intermediaries from coercing drivers to violate certain FMCSA regulations takes effect tomorrow, Jan. 29. The rule broadly defines coercion to include threats of or actually withholding business, employment, or work opportunities, or taking or permitting any adverse employment action.

The Cass Freight Index for December showed freight volumes dropping 4.9 percent from November. The decline was partly attributed to "bloated" inventories and slower replenishment cycles, as well as the manufacturing slowdown and a drop in freight demand from the energy sector. Another problem is high levels of inventory, especially in the U.S. Data released Jan. 15 by the U.S. Census Bureau supported claims that retail inventories remained unusually high in the first weeks of 2016.

Lessons from the Past

Once upon a time, North America almost divided along a very deep subsurface rift. Today, that rift system and the faults associated with it are known as the New Madrid fault zone.  This fault zone is six times larger than the San Andreas fault zone in California and it covers portions of Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. Back in 1811 and 1812, four of the largest earthquakes in U.S. history struck that area of the country.  The movement of the ground was so powerful that it changed the course of the Mississippi River and it rang church bells in Boston, Massachusetts.

In the known history of the world, no other earthquakes have lasted so long or produced so much evidence of damage as the New Madrid earthquakes. Three of the earthquakes are on the list of America's top earthquakes: the first one on December 16, 1811, a magnitude of 8.1 on the Richter scale; the second on January 23, 1812, at 7.8; and the third on February 7, 1812, at as much as 8.8 magnitude.

So could such an earthquake (or worse) strike today?  Well, last year the U.S. Geological Survey released a report that warned that the New Madrid fault zone has the "potential for larger and more powerful quakes than previously thought", and the USGS also admits that the number of significant earthquakes in the middle part of the country has more than quintupled in recent years.  We also know that the U.S. government and large corporations are so concerned about the potential for a major New Madrid earthquake that they have held major exercises that simulate one.  Scientists tell us that it is just a matter of time until another super quake hits the region, and millions of Americans that believe that we will eventually see a New Madrid earthquake that will divide the United States in half.

"There will be famines and earthquakes in various places." Matthew 24:7

In loving remembrance of Ryan and Katie Smith who left us February 5, 2015.