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ROCB A/P cerebrate International Customs Day with Thai Customs

26 January 2023, Bangkok, Thailand


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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


19 - 22 December 2022, Bali, Indonesia

The WCO Regional Workshop on the Revised Kyoto Convention (the RKC) for Asia Pacific members was held in Bali Indonesia from 19-22 December 2022 sponsored by the Customs Cooperation Fund of China (CCF-China). 

6-7 December 2022, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Royal Thai Customs, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head, and Ms. Yuko Mamiya, Ms. Zhengqing Ye and Ms. Sherman Yu, Program Managers of ROCB A/P attended the Thailand Maritime Stakeholder Workshop on Detect and Investigate Wildlife Trafficking in International Maritime Supply Chains held from 6 to 7 December 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand. 

1st Dec 2022, Online

At the invitation of the RILO A/P, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of the ROCB A/P attended the Regional Seminar in Asia Pacific region held on 1st Dec 2022 online hosted by RILO A/P. 

25, 28 Nov. 2022, Tokyo Japan

Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General attended the events related the Japan Customs 150 anniversary namely, Symposium on Commemorate the 150th anniversary of Japan Customs and Celebration Event of the 150th Anniversary of the Inauguration of the Japan Customs at 25th and 28th December respectively. 

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. 

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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

13, December, 2022, Bangkok Thailand

Ms. Debbie Seguin, Assistant Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (US CBP) paid courtesy visit to Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of the ROCB A/P accompanied by her team on December 13th 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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