George Zaharatos is a principal with KPMG LLP’s Trade and Customs practice specializing in global customs and export processes development. He is also the firm’s Southeast Regional leader.
George supports a broad range of U.S. multinational and foreign-owned clients in industries including electronics and communications, mining, defense, automotive and retail, and has experience with a variety of complex trade matters.
He has extensive knowledge in U.S. export regulations, particularly in the areas of EAR and ITAR process development and compliance assessments, OFAC compliance and AES reporting.
George has more than 13 years of experience managing trade compliance and identifying efficiencies through implementation of effective controls. Before joining KPMG, he worked at a leading international trading company, where he oversaw import and export operations in North America and Latin America. George has also worked on large import accounts for a leading customs broker and possesses practical experience in customs entry clearance and broker management. He has also worked as an associate for the U.S. Department of State at the U.S. Embassy in Cyprus.
George has been published in The Tax Executive, Effectively Managing Global Trade: A Rising Priority, and other periodicals. His speaking engagements include the University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s Supply Chain Strategy & Management Forum.
A licensed U.S. customs broker and certified customs specialist, George is a member of the National Customs Broker and Forwarders Association of America and the Florida Customs Broker and Freight Forwarders Association. He holds a BA and a MA from St. John’s University.