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


18-19 February 2021

Given consideration to the severe adverse impact of COVID-19 in the world, the 16th Global Meeting of the WCO Regional Structures was convened virtually on 18-19 February 2021, based at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. 

26 January 2021, Online Workshop hosted by ROCB A/P

The WCO/JICA Joint Sub-Regional Master Trainer Programme (MTP) Preparatory Meeting for the Pacific Islands was held on 26 January 2021 by online. The Meeting was organized by the WCO, JICA and ROCB A/P. 

12-15 January 2021, Online Workshop hosted by WCO

The first WCO Online Workshop on E-Commerce for the Asia-Pacific Region was held from 12 to 15 January 2021. The Workshop was organized by WCO under the sponsorship of the China Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/China). 

14 December 2020

The first WCO Global Free Zone Online Conference was convened virtually on 14 December 2020 at the WCO Headquarters with support of the Government of Japan. 

Bangkok Thailand, 9 December 2020

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of ROCB A/P conveyed his deepest appreciation to Thai Customs Department as the host administration of ROCB A/P since it established in 2004 for their long standing and generous supports to ROCB A/P and its capacity building activity for Asia Pacific Members at the collaboration learning event which is named Thank Thai Workshop on 9 December 2020. 

15 July 2020, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Directorate General of Customs and Exercise (GDCE), Ministry of Finance of the Republic Indonesia, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P and his colleagues attended the Virtual Launching Event of Vice Chair office by online. 

 Guest Visits

13 November 2020, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. JongWook LEE, Director General of Korea Customs Service (KCS), accompanied by Mr. KwangWoo LEE, Customs Attaches in Korean Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, courtesy visited the ROCB A/P on 13 November 2020. 

 Staff Updates

Dear colleagues and friends,

Time really flies! Suddenly I became the “oldest” Program Manager in terms of the working time in the ROCB A/P which also shows my leaving day is closer. 

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