The seasonally adjusted U.S. international goods trade deficit widened to $72.12 billion in April from $71.87 billion in March, the Census Bureau reported.
The Econoday consensus forecast was for a deficit of $71.9 billion.
Exports fell to $134.59 billion from $140.48 billion, as all sub-components of the index fell, except the foods, feeds and beverages sector.
Imports declined to $206.71 billion from $212.35 billion.
The April 2019 goods trade deficit grew from the $68.94 billion deficit in April 2018.
Meanwhile, wholesale inventories rose 0.7% month over month to $674.47 billion in April, according to advance data from the bureau. Retail inventories edged up 0.5% to $660.92 billion.