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


4th April, 2024, Samarkand, Uzbekistan (Joined online)

At the invitation of UN ESCAP, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of ROCB A/P, Mr. Jaemin Cho, the Program Manager & Operation Manager of CCF-Korea, and Mr. Jun Tajima, the Program Manager & Operation Manager of CCF-Japan joined the Regional Organizations Cooperation Mechanism for Trade Facilitation (ROC-TF) meeting by UN ESCAP at 4th April 2024 in a hybrid form. 

18-22 March, 2024, Brussels, Belgium

The 44th WCO Enforcement Committee Session (EC) was organized by the WCO at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium from 18 to 22 March 2024. 

11-15 March, 2024, Shanghai, China
The consultation meeting of the Informal Working Group (IWG) of the Technical Committee on Rules of Origin (TCRO) was held in Shanghai China from 11- 15 March sponsored by the Customs Cooperation Fund of China (CCF-China). 

4-8 March, 2024, Shanghai, China

The WCO Refresher Workshop for Expert Trainers on Rules of Origin (RoO) for the Asia Pacific Region was held in Shanghai China from 4-8 March sponsored by the Customs Cooperation Fund of China (CCF-China). 

28 February – 8 March 2024, Seoul Korea

The 6th Masterclass workshop jointly organized by the WCO, ROCB A/P, and UN ESCAP was held in Seoul, Korea from February 28 to March 8, 2024. Mr. Jaemin Cho, Program Manager, and Ms. Aksara Mackhawiman, Assistant Program Manager, both from ROCB A/P, facilitated the workshop and delivered ROCB A/P’s capacity building activities and policies. 

26-27 February, Brussels, Belgium

The 23rd session of the WCO Integrity Sub-Committee (ISC) was organized by the WCO at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium from 26th to 27th February 2024 in a hybrid format. 

 Special Topics

January 2024, Bangkok, Thailand.

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of the ROCB A/P and his colleagues, paid a courtesy call on the occasion of new year 2024 on Mr.Theeraj Athanavanich, the Director - General of the Thai Customs Department, Mr. Phantong Loykulnanta, Principal Advisor on Duty Collection Management & Development, Mrs.Nunthita Sirikup, Deputy – Director General, Mrs.Kitjaluck Srinuchsart, Deputy – Director General, Mr.Niti wityatem, Deputy – Director General, Mrs.Arpapannee Sangmukda, Director of Human Resource Management Division, and Mr.Vishnu Wacharawanich, Secretariat of the Thai Customs Department. 

26th January 2024, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Royal Thai Customs, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head, and his colleagues from ROCB A/P attended International Customs Day 2024 at the Thai Customs Department to celebrate International Customs Day with Thai Customs. During the ceremony, Mr. Theeraj Athanavanich, Director-General of Thai Customs, presented WCO Certificates of Merit to distinguished officers. 

 Guest Visits

4 December 2023, Bangkok, Thailand

In the initiative of the Korea Customs Services to foster the growth of the next generation in the area of international cooperation, the ROCB A/P proudly welcomed the study visit of five officials from the Global Future Talent Program to the 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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