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


27 September – 1 October 2021, Online Workshop hosted by ROCB A/P

The first WCO/JICA Joint Sub-Regional Working Group Activity for Master Trainer Programme (MTP) on Customs Valuation for the Pacific Islands was held online from 27 September to 1 October 2021. 

22 - 23 Sept 2021, Moscow, Russia by online

At the invitation of the Dog Training Centre of the Federal Customs Service (FCS) in Russia, Mr. Ilkwon HAN, Program Manager of ROCB A/P participated the International Canine Seminar on Drug Anti-smuggling held virtually on 22 - 23 September 2021 with simultaneous translation service. 

7 - 8 Sept 2021, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the of Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and the Pacific (RILO A/P), Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P participated 32nd Administrative Meeting for National Contact Points of Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and the Pacific (RILO A/P NCP Meeting) held virtually on 7 - 8 September 2021. Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, Ms. Sherman Yu also joined the meeting to provide support. 

6 September 2021, Online Workshop hosted by ROCB A/P

The WCO/JICA Joint Sub-Regional Launching Ceremony for Master Trainer Programme (MTP) for the Pacific Islands was held online on 6 September 2021. The Ceremony was organized by the WCO, JICA and ROCB A/P. 

25 August 2021, Online Meeting hosted by ROCB A/P

On 25 August 2021, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P, and the staff of ROCB A/P met online with Mr. Tae-Soo YOO, Head of RILO A/P and his colleagues to discuss future collaboration as the WCO regional body in AP region, moderated by Mr. Ilkwon HAN, program manager of ROCB AP. 

23 Aug 2021 online

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, organized a meeting with WCO Asia Pacific Vice Chair (VC) Secretariat to discuss key events in AP region as well as to exchange of views about capacities building activities in this financial year. Mr. IIkwon HAN & Ms. Sherman YU, Program Managers, and Ms. Pavida BOONMUN, Assistant Program Manager also joined the meeting. 

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29 September 2021, Bangkok Thailand

With the hospitality and assistance given by Thai Customs Department (TCD) as our host administration, we celebrate the opening renovated office of ROCB A/P on 29 September 2021. 

 Guest Visits

6 October 2021, Bangkok, Thailand

On 6 October 2021, Mr. Joel Carruthers, Acting Australian Border Force (ABF) Counsellor Mekong of the Australian Embassy in Thailand, accompanied by Mr. Banpot Denmetharat, Senior Project Officer - Mekong region of the Australian Embassy in Thailand, paid a courtesy visit to the ROCB A/P. 

 Staff Updates

Dear Colleagues,

My name is Kanyawarat SITTHIKUNPANIT. My nickname is Ploy. I’m the new staff at ROCB A/P for the Program Coordinator position. 

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