The Asia and Pacific Region

APNIC IP Transfer Process


IPv4 addresses can be transferred among APNIC members and also between RIPE, ARIN and LACNIC members. The APNIC IP purchase and transfer process can be difficult, but we are here to help. IPTrading.com has completed many transfers in the APNIC region, including the world’s first interregional transfer in 2012.

APNIC has a community of National Internet Registries, or NIRs, which may have their own transfer guidelines. When processing an interregional transfer to an NIR, RIPE, ARIN or LACNIC will interface with APNIC, and then APNIC will interface with the NIR. APNIC does not have “anti-flip” language requiring a time period before retransfer of blocks is permitted.

APNIC provides some services for those in the transfer market, including a pre-approval process for buyers, a mailing list for buyers and sellers, and a list of approved brokers who have signed a Deed of Covenant with APNIC. IPTrading.com was the first approved broker at APNIC.

APNIC IP Purchase Process

APNIC charges a fairly high transfer fee equal to 20 percent of the annual membership fees for the block size transferred. Below are a list of steps for an APNIC IP purchase. 


November 19

Buyer creates a MyAPNIC Account

A Buyer wishing to receive APNIC IPv4 space should set up a MyAPNIC account through APNIC’s website.

November 18

Buyer applies for APNIC preapproval

Buyers need to demonstrate to APNIC that they have a justifiable need for IPv4 space before receiving it (even though they are willing to pay for it).

November 17

Buyer and Seller negotiate sale under guidance of Broker

Under the guidance of the Broker, Buyer and Seller negotiate the price and terms of the IPv4 sale. In most cases, Buyer and Seller will execute an Asset Purchase Agreement codifying these terms. The Asset Purchase Agreement is a legally binding document that specifies when the Buyer is to fund escrow, and to which escrow agent, when the Seller is to initiate the transfer, and when the funds are to be released from escrow to the Seller. APNIC is not involved in this step although they are aware that money often changes hands when IPv4 space is transferred.

November 16

Seller initiates a transfer request with APNIC

The Seller enters a transfer request in their MyAPNIC portal to transfer IPv4 space to the Buyer. This creates an APNIC ticket number.

November 15

APNIC notifies Buyer of pending transfer request

APNIC notifies the Buyer through their MyAPNIC portal that there is a pending request to transfer IPv4 space to their organization. APNIC asks the Buyer to confirm it wishes to receive the IPv4 space.

November 14

Seller provides APNIC any requested information

An APNIC analyst may communicate with the Seller if any additional information such as company registration documents is required.

November 13

Buyer provides APNIC any requested information

An APNIC analyst will communicate with the Buyer and may request additional information such as company registration documents. If the Buyer has not completed the APNIC preapproval process, APNIC will ask them to justify their need for the IPv4 space.

November 12

APNIC approves the transfer

After APNIC completes its diligence with both Buyer and Seller, APNIC notifies both parties that the transfer is approved.

November 11

APNIC completes the transfer

APNIC finalizes most transfers within a day of approving them. At this point, APNIC updates Whois and the transfer is complete. APNIC invoices the Buyer for its transfer fee.

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