IPv4 transfer guide for APNIC members transferring within this region

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Since the IPv4 transfer policy was implemented in 2010, APNIC has seen 322 IPv4 transfers. From time to time, we are asked by Members how IPv4 transfers work and how they go about transferring IPv4 addresses. So, we have put together a quick guide here for your reference.

Many of you may know APNIC and ARIN are two of the Regional Regional Registries that have implemented an inter-RIR transfer policy. This means APNIC Members can transfer IPv4 not only in this region, but also to and from the ARIN region. In this guide, we will concentrate on the transfer within this region between APNIC Members. Note that the transfer request is lodged by using MyAPNIC.

Step 1

The source account will need to initiate the transfer by completing the transfer form. This prompts a notice to the recipient account. All transfer requests should be lodged via MyAPNIC. Transfer forms are located on the landing page under “Resources” section.

Step 2

The recipient account will then acknowledge and provide supporting information why they need this amount of address space.

Step 3

The recipient account pays a transfer fee when the request is approved and receive the address space.


We recommend that Members intending to receive address space have their needs evaluated in advance by APNIC.  This is also known as pre-approval, one of a few services provided by APNIC for IPv4 transfer. Members can do this by using MyAPNIC.  APNIC has 1-2 working day turnaround time to respond to resource requests, however if we have to clarify  information, the process may take a little longer. Pre-approval minimizes unexpected delays.


Other services provided by APNIC to help Members for their IPv4 transfer include:

  • Public mailing list “apnic-transfers“, specifically for IPv4 transfer discussions
  • IPv4 listing service- Members who agree to have their pre-approval are listed here. This helps sources to contact potential recipients.

You may also like to view the policy and relevant fee before you initiate or accept a transfer.

If you have any other questions on IPv4 transfer, please get in touch. We will be happy to answer them for you.

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  1. Mike Burns

    Another service that APNIC provides for its members is a list of approved IP address brokers. Brokers have experience and contacts that can facilitate a smooth transfer. Brokers agree to a set of guidelines posted on the broker listing page:


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