Kandla, the Kutch seaport, is one of the major ports on the west coast of Gujarat. It was built in the 1950s after the partition of India and Pakistan when the Port of Karachi went to the latter. It was designed to serve a hinterland bigger perhaps than the Gujarat state.
The major trade lies with petroleum, iron and steel, and chemicals while some of the smaller imports comprise grains, textiles and salt. Gandhidham is a major commercial town mainly because business in shipping, food grains, seed and oils thrived due to the port. Apart from that Kandla serves as a hinterland to Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, parts of Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Mundra port is another upcoming busy port, which is 50 kms away