- What is APNIC’s IPv4 transfer policy?
- How does IPv4 transfer work?
- How can the transfer request be lodged?
- Who should lodge the transfer form and what form should be used?
- How long will it take for APNIC to approve my transfer?
- Can a proposed recipient lodge a transfer request while it is still in the process of sourcing the IPv4 addresses?
- Is APNIC able to assist with sourcing IPv4 address space?
- Can APNIC Members use broker services to source available IPv4 addresses?
- What do I need to be aware of before lodging an IPv4 transfer?
- Can I transfer resources to/from another region?
- What should I do if I want to receive an IPv4 address transfer from another RIR region?
- What should I do if I want to transfer IPv4 addresses to another RIR region?
- What should I do if a business merger, acquisition or restructure is involved, or if I need to transfer IPv6 addresses, AS Numbers or historical IPv4 addresses?
What is APNIC’s IPv4 transfer policy?
APNIC account holders may transfer a minimum of a /24 or more IPv4 addresses between each other at any time.
On 20 November 2017, the APNIC Executive Council endorsed the implementation of policy proposal “prop-116: Prohibit to transfer IPv4 addresses in the final /8 block“. This policy means addresses delegated from the 103/8 free pool cannot be transferred for a minimum of five years after the original delegation. The change applies to all IPv4 transfers including mergers, acquisitions or reorganization. If the reason for the original request is no longer valid, the resources should be returned to APNIC.
For more information, see APNIC drafts for public comment.
How does IPv4 transfers work?
The source account needs to initiate the process. The recipient account needs to acknowledge the transfer within 30 days, or the request will be cancelled. IPv4 transfer requests are evaluated by APNIC Hostmasters and once approved the IPv4 addresses will appear on the transfer log available on the APNIC public website.
How can the transfer request be lodged?
All transfer requests should be lodged via MyAPNIC. Transfer forms are located under the “Resources” section.
Who should lodge the transfer form, and what form should be used?
The Corporate or technical contacts for the source account should complete the “Transfer resources into another account” form and the recipient account should complete the “Receive resources into my account” form.
How long will it take for APNIC to approve my transfer?
APNIC has a one to two working day turnaround time to respond to IPv4 transfer requests. If additional information is required for clarification, this will require additional iterations.
Can a proposed recipient lodge a transfer request while it is still in the process of sourcing the IPv4 addresses?
Yes. A pre-approval request form is available in MyAPNIC. Once a recipient has justified a need for the address space, the pre-approval is valid for 24 months.
Is APNIC able to assist with sourcing IPv4 address space?
To assist with this process, APNIC provides the public “apnic-transfers” mailing list and the IPv4 broker listing service.
Can APNIC Members use broker services to source available IPv4 addresses?
Yes. APNIC has a broker contract agreement with a number of brokers who have agreed to comply with APNIC and other RIR policies in order for them to operate as facilitators to find address space.
What do I need to be aware of before lodging an IPv4 transfer?
Your APNIC account must be open to initiate an IPv4 transfer. Note, if a renewal invoice has been issued, the invoice must be paid before an IPv4 transfer request can be submitted.
Once the transfer is completed, you will lose the right to manage the IPv4 addresses. APNIC is unable to revert the transfer back to the source account and does not provide any membership fee refund as a result of IPv4 transfers.
The source account can cancel the transfer anytime via MyAPNIC before the recipient account acknowledges the transfer. If the recipient account does not acknowledge the transaction in 30 days from the date the transfer was initiated, the transfer request will be cancelled.
The transfer request is subject to evaluation and approval by APNIC. The recipient account will be asked to provide more information for justification of the transfer. The recipient account will be responsible for the IPv4 addresses transferred and the associated fees when renewing their membership.
Can I transfer resources to/from another region?
Yes. APNIC’s transfer policy permits the registration of transfers to/from other Regional Internet Registries (RIRs). APNIC policy requires that each account holder comply with the transfer policies in place at their respective RIR.
What should I do if I want to receive an IPv4 address transfer from another RIR region?
Please ensure you follow the process below:
- Submit your request for a pre-approval to APNIC.
- Once APNIC receives and authorizes your pre-approval, you can request APNIC to include your details on the IPv4 Address Transfer Listing Service page. Don’t forget, your pre-approval expires 24 months after it is approved.
- Once you have reached an agreement with a source of IPv4 addresses,please provide the relevant information to the source. The source will need to submit a transfer request to their respective RIR.
- APNIC will contact you to finalize the transfer once we have received the transfer request from the source RIR.
What should I do if I want to transfer IPv4 addresses to another RIR region?
The source entity of an APNIC account needs to complete the template and email it to email@example.com.
For more information, see Transfers of unused IPv4 addresses between APNIC and an RIR (Inter-RIR IPv4 transfer)
What should I do if a business merger, acquisition or restructure is involved, or if I need to transfer IPv6 addresses, AS Numbers or historical IPv4 addresses?
Transfers such as these are possible between APNIC accounts.
For further assistance, please contact the APNIC Helpdesk.