The Port of Wilmington handled 5 million tons of cargo in 2011, up 26% from the previous year, according to a news release.

The volume remains the port’s highest amount of general cargo tonnage since the state of Delaware acquired the port in 1995.

The port experienced higher import and export tonnage in all major cargo categories. The higher volume retains the port’s leadership position in being North America’s No. 1 importer of perishable cargo and is the largest U.S. and world’s second biggest banana handler, according to the release.

According to the port, the 1.7 million tons of containerized shipments of perishables, forest products and vehicles increased by 5.5%.

Dry bulk imports constituted the port’s largest growth in tonnage.

“It is the teamwork of the men and women at the Port of Wilmington and the support of our customers and business partners that enabled us to reach this important milestone in the port’s history,” Gene Bailey, Diamond State Port Corporation executive director, said in the release.

The Diamond State Port Corporation is a state entity that owns and operates the port. 

Port officials declined to release specific numbers on fresh produce shipments.