The Poti Port Authority manages and operates the Port of Poti with the strategic goals of optimizing existing facilities to reach their full production potential and increasing capacities by adding new facilities and infrastructure. In the spring of 2008, Georgia sold 51% of the Port of Poti to the United Arab Emirate’s Ras Al Khaimah emirate for the purpose of developing a free economic zone and a new port terminal.
The year 2007 was a great year for the Port of Poti, with record volumes of cargo passing through the port (7.7 million tons and 185 thousand TEUs of containerized cargo). Total throughput increased 26%, and container traffic increased by 46% over 2006.
In August 2008, the Georgian foreign ministry reported that a Russian air raid had devastated the Port of Poti. In January 2009, Interpressnews reported that Russian bombardments of the Port of Poti and the town’s railroad had brought operations of both to a stop.