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ROCB A/P attends the 32nd session of the World Customs Organization
Asia/Pacific Regional Contact Points

14 -18 November, 2022, Brisbane, Australia 




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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


14 -18 November, 2022, Brisbane, Australia

The 32nd Asia Pacific Regional Contact Points Meeting was held in Brisbane, Australia on 14 -18 November 2022 in hybrid mode hosted by Asia Pacific Vice Chair. Mr. Norikazu KURAMOTO, the Head of the ROCB A/P together with Program Managers, Ms. Zhengqing YE and Ms. Sherman YU joined this meeting. 

7 – 11 November 2022, Suva, Fiji

The third WCO/JICA Joint Sub-Regional Working Group Activity for Master Trainer Programme (MTP) on Customs Valuation and HS Classification for the Pacific Islands was held from 7 to 11 November 2022 in Suva, Fiji. 

2 – 3 November 2022, Hosted by ROCB A/P and RTC/ Thailand (Hybrid Mode)

The 20th Meeting of Heads of WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Training Center was organized and hosted by ROCB A/P and RTC/ Thailand in Bangkok, Thailand on 2 – 3 November 2022. 

17-21 October 2022, Perth, Australia

The WCO Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on Digital Forensics was held from 17 to 21 October 2022 in Perth, Australia, under the sponsorship of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 

2 – 8 October 2022, Bali, Indonesia

At the invitation of RTC/Indonesia, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, Ms Sherman YU, attended the ‘Workshop for Passenger Assessment for Asia/ Pacific Customs Administration Officers’ held in Bali, Indonesia on 2 – 8 October 2022. 

27 – 29 September 2022, Seoul, Korea

At the invitation of the of Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and the Pacific (RILO A/P), Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P participated in 33rd Administrative Meeting for National Contact Points of Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and the Pacific (RILO A/P NCP Meeting) which was held in hybrid mode on 27 – 29 September 2022. 

19-28 September 2022, Seoul, Korea

The WCO and the UNESCAP organized the 5th UNNExT Masterclass: Facilitating Cross-border Paperless Trade using emerging technologies from 19 to 28 September 2022 in Seoul, Korea, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the Korea Customs Service under the financial support of Customs Cooperation Fund of Korea (CCF/Korea). 

 Special Topics

Bangkok, 8 November 2022

At the invitation of Mr. Patchara Anuntasilpa, the Director-General of Thai Customs Department, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of ROCB A/P and his colleagues attended the Opening Ceremony of the RTC Thailand. 

Bangkok, 10 October 2022

At the invitation of Mr. Anuntasilpa Patchara, the Director-General of Thai Customs Department, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of ROCB A/P and his colleagues attended the virtual signing ceremony for establishment of the RTC Thailand. 

 Guest Visits

16 August, 2022, Bangkok Thailand

The ROCB A/P have a fruitful and constructive meeting with the Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for the Asia/Pacific region (RILO A/P) for further close cooperation in supporting Asia Pacific Members in this fiscal year as the same regional body of WCO in Asia Pacific region on 16 August 2022. 

 Staff Updates

Dear colleagues and friends,

Time flies. I can’t believe that I have completed my 3-year tenure at the ROCB A/P on 10 November 2022. 

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