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


29-31 May 2023, Perth, Australia

The WCO A/P 24th Regional Heads of Customs Administrative Conference (RHCA) was held in Perth, Australia from 29 to 31 May 2023 hosted by the Australia Border Force as the Asia/Pacific Regional Vice Chair. Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head and Ms. Zhengqing (Grace) Ye and Mr. Jaemin Cho, the Program Managers of the ROCB A/P attend. 

22-26 May 2023, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

The WCO National Workshop on Risk Management for the State Customs Services of Turkmenistan was held from 22 to 26 May 2023 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, under the sponsorship of the China Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/China). 

15 – 19 May 2023, Bangkok, Thailand

The WCO National Workshop on Coordinated Border Management (CBM) for the Thai Customs Department was successfully held from 15 to 19 May 2023 at the Customs Academy of the Thai Customs Department in Thailand. 

8-11 May 2023, Sabah, Malaysia

The WCO Sub-Regional Workshop on cross-border e-commerce for Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was held from 8 to 11 May 2023 at the Sabah branch of the WCO Regional Training Centre (RTC) in Malaysia with support of ROCB A/P under the sponsorship of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 

26-28 April, Seoul, Korea

At the invitation of Mr. Tae-Sik Yoon, the Commissioner of the Korea Customs Service (KCS), Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of ROCB A/P attended Korea Customs Week 2023 organized by KCS in Seoul, Korea. 

18-20 April 2023, Kashiwa, Japan

The 2nd Meeting of the Heads of Asia/Pacific WCO Regional Customs Laboratory (RCL) was held at the Central Customs Laboratory of Japan in Kashiwa, Japan as RCL Japan on 18-20 April 2023 with hybrid manner organized by Asia/Pacific Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB A/P). Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head and Ms. Zhengqing (Grace) YE and Mr. Jaemin Cho, Program Managers joined in person from ROCB A/P as the organizer. 

27-31 March 2023, Brussels, Belgium

The 43rd session of the Enforcement Committee (EC) was organized and hosted by the WCO at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium from 27th to 31st March 2023. Mr. Zhengqing YE, the representatives of the ROCB A/P joined this meeting. 

 Special Topics

8 May 2023, Samut Prakan, Thailand

At the invitation of Thai Customs Department, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P together with ROCB A/P members attended the groundbreaking ceremony of Thai Customs Canine Training Center on 8th May 2023, Samut Prakan, Thailand. 

 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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