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


24 May 2021, Online, Bangkok

At the invitation of the Humanitarian and Emergency Logistics Innovation Expo (HELIX), Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P delivered the presentation about WCO instruments on disaster relief on behalf of the WCO. 

26-28 April 2021, Online Workshop

The WCO Free Zone Virtual Workshop for Asia/Pacific Region was held from 26 to 28 April 2021. The Workshop was organized by WCO under the sponsorship of the China Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/China) and hosted by ROCB A/P. 

19-21 April 2021, Online Workshop hosted by ROCB A/P

The WCO Asia-Pacific Regional Online Workshop on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) was held 19 to 21 April 2021. The Workshop was organized by the WCO under the sponsorship of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 

6-7 April 2021, Online

The WCO A/P 22nd Regional Heads of Customs Administrative Conference (RHCA) was held online from 6 to 7 April organized by the Customs and Excise of the Republic of Indonesia as Vice Chair. 

30 March – 1 April 2021, Online workshop hosted by ROCB AP

The WCO regional Virtual Workshop on Data Analytics for AP region was held from 30 March to 1 April 2021. The Workshop was hosted by the ROCB A/P in close cooperation with the WCO under the sponsorship of the Korea Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Korea). 

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

I am YE Zhengqing(Grace)from China Customs. It is my great pleasure and honor to join ROCB A/P 

I am Sherman Yu from Hong Kong Customs. It is an honour and my pleasure to join the ROCB AP family. 

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