Global Export Controls and Sanctions

The global trade environment is becoming more complex. To address today’s trade environment, companies must transform the way they approach export control and sanction requirements.

Steven Brotherton

Steven Brotherton

Principal, Trade & Customs, KPMG US

+1 415-963-7861


At KPMG LLP (KPMG), our commitment to our clients inspires everything we do. It’s what enables us to deliver innovative and practical solutions to the most difficult export control and sanctions challenges – whether it’s assistance in the design and management of compliance programs or supporting every day operational needs.

KPMG’s Global Export Controls and Sanctions group provides support on a wide range of global regulations, including those administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control, and other government agencies. 

Our services

We offer a range of services to assist clients in enhancing export compliance processes, including: 

Export Controls & Sanctions Program Support

  • Development of compliance programs and standard operating procedures.
  • Day-to-day support on specific transactions.

Deemed Export Service Center

  • Extensive experience in addressing deemed export needs.
  • Development of compliance programs and standard operating procedures, including Technology Control Plans.
  • Assistance with deemed export license applications.
  • Technology solutions for large-scale deemed export licensing challenges.
  • Deemed export license determinations, including those required when filing a Form I-129 visa petition.

Compliance Assessments/Reviews

  • Evaluation of business operations to determine adequacy of export compliance program.
  • Export compliance staffing and resource allocation assessment.
  • Process and gap assessments.

Export License Applications and Related Support

  • Export license strategy and business facilitation plans.
  • Assistance with preparation of export license applications.

Export Classifications

  • Evaluation and classification to determine applicable controls under applicable regulations.
  • Preparation of export classification and encryption review requests to governmental authorities.
  • Preparation of Commodity Jurisdiction requests to the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls.


  • Assessment of training programs and related tools.
  • Training programs ranging from general awareness, to skills training for export compliance professionals.


  • Pre-transaction program reviews and related due diligence.
  • Export license transfer support.
  • Post-acquisition transition support.

Voluntary Self-Disclosures and Remedial Measures

  • Compliance program reviews and assistance with addressing the root causes of violations or other programmatic issues.
  • Assessment of resources, program adequacy, and recommended program enhancements.
  • Preparation of compliance program remediation measures and mitigation plans.
  • Assistance with preparation of disclosures to governmental authorities.

Program Audits and Reviews

  • Audits and reviews ranging from broad-scale global reviews to tailored checks on specific practices.

Transactional Support

  • Day-to-day support on deemed export questions and other compliance program needs. 

Innovative Technology Solutions

  • Selecting and deploying Global Trade Management solutions.
  • Robotics and natural language processing solutions for restricted party list screening.
  • Deemed export license and identity management tools.
  • Artificial Intelligence and intelligent bots to mine and analyze trade compliance data.

CFIUS and FIRMMA Support

  • Buy-side due diligence, including risk assessment of CFIUS approval.
  • Preparation of CFIUS notification.
  • Development of mitigating plans to address CFIUS-identified risks.


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Recent publications

In WorldECR's latest issue, Steven Brotherton and Amie Ahanchian examine data access and protection, and describe the benefits of IAM solutions for export compliance.

Teaming with KPMG Forensics

Trade and Customs Services has teamed with KPMG Forensics to help organizations address enforcement of export controls.

Trade and Customs Services

Services that help companies meet today's complex trade requirements and regulations.

OFAC Compliance Commitments

OFAC's new framework provides further insight into leading practices to mitigate the risk of sanctions penalties.