Shipping containers are offloaded from a cargo ship at Port Everglades on June 24, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The international trade gap shrank in September, while wholesale inventories rose.

The international trade deficit totaled $56.1 billion in September, down $3.1 billion from $59.1 billion a month earlier, the Commerce Department reported. Exports for September were $125.6 billion, $1.1 billion more than August exports. Imports fell to $181.7 billion, $2 billion less than August imports.

Wholesale inventories for the month reached $590.7 billion, up 0.2 percent from August.