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 March 2023, Brussels WCO

During 13th-17th March 2023, ‘Five-Day Train-the-Trainer workshop on Implementing Gender Equality and Diversity (GED) in Customs’ was organized by WCO at the WCO headquarters, Brussels, Belgium. Ms. Pavida Tarapoom, Assistant Program Manager of ROCB A/P participated. 

12- 16 March, 2023, Langkawi, Malaysia

The WCO Regional Workshop on Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) was held at the WCO Regional Training Centre (RTC) in Langkawi, Malaysia, from 12 to 16 March 2023 with the financial support of the Customs Cooperation Fund of China (CCF-China). 

6-10 March 2023, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on Data Management and Analysis against Illicit Trade was held from 6 to 10 March 2023 in Kashiwa, Japan, under the sponsorship of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 

22-24 February 2023, Brussels, Belgium

The 14th Capacity Building Committee was held from 22 to 24 February 2023 in a hybrid format. Over 300 delegates from Member administrations and stakeholders attended in person or virtually. Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues also attended in person. 

27 -28 February 2023, Brussels, Belgium

The 22nd session of the WCO Integrity Sub-Committee (ISC) was organized and hosted by the WCO from 27th to 28th February 2023 in a hybrid format. More than 200 representatives participated this conference. Mr. Zhengqing YE, the representatives of the ROCB A/P joined the meeting to explore the ways for a sustainable development of Customs Integrity. 

20-21 February 2023, Brussels, Belgium

The 17th Global Meeting of the WCO Regional Entities was held from 20 to 21 February 2023 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, in a hybrid format. Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P, Ms. Yuko Mamiya, Program Manager, Ms. Zhengqing Ye, Program Manager, and Mr. Jaemin Cho, Program Manager, represented the office to attend the meeting in person. 

16 - 19 January 2023, Suva, Fiji

The WCO Sub-regional Workshop on cross-border E-commerce was held at the WCO Regional Training Centre (RTC) in Suva, Fiji, from 16 to 19 January 2023 with the financial support of the Customs Cooperation Fund of China (CCF-China). 

 Special Topics

26 January, 2023, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Royal Thai Customs, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head, and his colleagues of ROCB A/P attended International Customs Day 2023 at the Thai Customs Department to celebrate International Customs Day with Thai Customs and the attendance. 

 Guest Visits

22 March 2023, Bangkok Thailand

Mr. Norikazu KURAMOTO, the Head of ROCB A/P received the courtesy visit of Dr. Vinaya Prakash Singh, the Secretary General of the Asian-Pacific Postal Union (APPU) on 22 March 2023. 

 Staff Updates


It is with great pleasure and honor that I introduce myself, Louis Chan from Hong Kong Customs, as the new member of the ROCB A/P family. 

In the blink of an eye, my tenure comes to an end.
I was fortunate to be posted to ROCB A/P and worked here for 2 years. 

It's an honor to greet all the staff.

I entered public service in 2014 after passing the Korean Bar Exam. I have worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Korea Prosecution Service, and the Korea Customs Service for about 10 years. 

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