Trends in the recent past show India’s growing trade especially in dry bulk cargo traffic with China and ASEAN countries, leading to a substantial increase of cargo from the East Coast
Ports offer tremendous potential for development and growth of a wide spectrum of maritime activities such as international shipping, coastal shipping, ship repairs, fishing, ship breaking, captive ports for specific industries, all weather ports, tourism and sports etc.
The minor ports of Andhra Pradesh Port Department handled 15 Million Tones of cargo during 2005 and is the 2 nd highest cargo handling state in Union India.
The A.P. State has prepared a perspective development plan in its Vision 2020 document for development of ports according to which 173 million tones of cargo by 2020 is programmed to handle.