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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


22-24 October 2019, Skopje, North Macedonia

At the invitation of the WCO Secretariat, Dr. Tong Hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, together with more than 240 delegates from international organizations, think tanks, academia and Customs administrations participated in the WCO 14th Annual PICARD Conference which took place in Skopje, North Macedonia, from 22 to 24 October 2019. 

15-16 October 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the ARISE Plus Cambodia project, Dr. Tong hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, attended the Study Tour on Pre-Arrival Processing (PAP) and Risk Management (RM) of Cambodian Customs Officials to Thailand held on from 15 to 16 October 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. 

2-4 October 2019, Port Vila, Vanuatu,

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, accompanied Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, for his visit to Port Vila, Vanuatu, on 2 to 4 October 2019 for a policy dialogue with the Customs and Inland Revenue of Vanuatu. 

1-3 October 2019, Melbourne, Australia

At the invitation of the WCO Secretariat, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the Fifth WCO Global Canine Forum held on 1-3 October 2019 at Melbourne, Australia. 

27 September 2019, Seoul, Korea

To strengthen the connection and collaboration between the two WCO regional offices in implementing the WCO strategies and policies in the Asia/Pacific region, Mr Norikazu KURAMOTO, Head of ROCB A/P, lead his team to meet Mr. LEE Min-gun, Head of RILO A/P, and his officials on 27 September 2019 in Seoul, Korea. 

25-26 September 2019, Cheonan, Korea

The 17th Meeting of Heads of WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Training Center (RTC) was successful convened on 25-26 September 2019 at the Customs Border Control Training Institute (CBCTI) in Cheonan, Korea. 

21 August 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

For further enhancing relationship and partnership, on 21 August 2019, Mr. Norikazu KURAMOTO, the Head of the ROCB A/P, with his colleagues paid a courtesy call on the UNESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific) and the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok, Thailand. 

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30 July 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation from the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues joined the AEO Certificate Ceremony held on 30 July 2019 at the TCD Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand. 

8 July 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Norikazu KURAMOTO, the new Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Krisada CHINAVICHARANA, the Director General of Thai Customs Department (TCD). 

 Guest Visits

5 September 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

On 5 September 2019, Mr. Eric Wikramanayake, director of wildlife and wetlands of WWF-Hong Kong and his colleague paid a courtesy visit to the ROCB A/P. 

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It is my honor to have greetings to fellow officers. After being a customs officer in 1988, I had a dream to be an international customs officer. 

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