Message From ROCB Asia/Pacific


Dear readers,


It is a great pleasure and honor to extend my greetings from Bangkok. My name is Norikazu KURAMOTO as the new Head of the ROCB A/P for the next five years.


It is indeed a great honor and privilege to assume the post of the Head of the ROCB A/P which is the focal point of the capacity building activities in the Customs field for the regional Members.


I would like to briefly touch on some of my background. I have worked for Japan Customs, Ministry of Finance for almost 30 years. During my Customs career, I had been dedicated to various operational fields for the first 15 years, for example import and export clearance, passenger inspection, Customs laboratory, and trade statistics.


I have also worked for Japan Customs headquarters for the latter 15 years, which includes an overseas posting in the United States. The work experiences related to international affairs and capacity building are the great majority of my career. I strongly believe that my experience and knowledge will greatly contribute to the ROCB A/P and its endeavors.


I am very glad to work closely with Members in the Asia Pacific region. I look forward to every single opportunity to work with you.


Norikazu Kuramoto

Head of the ROCB A/P

Latest News


14-16 November 2023, at RTC Japan in Kashiwa, Japan

The 21st Meeting of the Heads of Asia/Pacific WCO Regional Training Centres (RTCs) was held from 14-16 November 2023, at RTC Japan in Kashiwa, Japan. The event was co-organized by the Asia/Pacific Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB A/P) and Japan Customs. 

30 October - 3 November 2023, Melbourne, Australia

The 33rd Asia Pacific Regional Contact Points Meeting was held in Melbourne, Australia, from 30 October to 3 November 2023, hosted by the Asia Pacific Vice Chair. Mr. Norikazu KURAMOTO, Head of the ROCB A/P, along with Program Managers, Ms. Zhengqing YE, Mr. Jun Tajima, Mr. Jamin CHO, and Mr. Louis CHAN, actively participated in the meeting. 

23 - 26 October, 2023, Colombo, Sri Lanka

The WCO Sub-regional Workshop on the Implementation of the Framework of Standards on Cross-Border E-Commerce was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 23 to 26 October 2023 with the financial support of the Customs Cooperation Fund of China (CCF-China). 

16 - 20 October 2023, Bangkok Thailand

The WCO Sub – Regional Workshop for ASEAN Member Countries on HS and Advance Rulings was held from 16th – 20th October 2023 at the RTC Thailand under the sponsorship of Customs Cooperation Fund Japan (CCF Japan). 

11-13 October 2023, Tokyo, Japan

At the invitation of the Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and the Pacific (RILO A/P), Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P, and Mr. Louis Chan, Program Manager of ROCB A/P, actively participated in the 34th National Contact Points (NCP) Meeting of RILO A/P, held in Tokyo, Japan, from October 11 to 13, 2023. 

10 - 12 Oct 2023, Ha Noi, Viet Nam

The 2023 WCO Technology Conference was held in Ha Noi, Viet Nam over the period 10 – 12 Oct 2023. 

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27 September 2023, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of the ROCB A/P and his colleagues paid courtesy call to Mr. Patchara Anuntasilpa, Director-General, the Thai Customs Department. 

8 May 2023, Samut Prakan, Thailand

At the invitation of Thai Customs Department, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P together with ROCB A/P members attended the groundbreaking ceremony of Thai Customs Canine Training Center on 8th May 2023, Samut Prakan, Thailand. 

 Guest Visits

10 November, 2023, Bangkok, Thailand

On 10 November 2023, Mr. Michael Cymbalista, Australian Border Force (ABF), Counsellor Mekong region of the Australian Embassy in Thailand and his colleagues at the Australian Embassy in Thailand, visited ROCB A/P. 

 Staff Updates

Dear Colleagues,

My name is Aksara Mackhawiman, a new Assistant Program Manager at the ROCB A/P. 

Dear Colleagues,

Time flies!! Time passes very quickly. Working here at the ROCB A/P, I have learned to work in international circumstances and improved my knowledge of international standards from both my colleagues at ROCB A/P, WCO and Members. 

Hello Members!

My name is Jun TAJIMA and it is my great pleasure to be assigned as one of the Programme Managers of the ROCB A/P. 

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