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APNIC IP Transfer Requirements

APNIC (the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre) is the regional Internet address registry (RIR) for the Asia-Pacific region.[1] It is one of the world's five RIRs and is part of the Number Resource Organization (NRO).  APNIC provides numbers resource allocation and registration services that support the global operation of the internet. It is a nonprofit, membership-based organization whose members include Internet service providers, telecommunication providers, data centers, universities, banks, national Internet registries, and similar organizations that have their own networks.

APNIC has run out of available IPv4 blocks and companies now must buy APNIC IP addresses on the open market. To acquire IP addresses, you will need an APNIC account and pre-approval. Also, you will need knowledge of the IPv4 transfer process in the APNIC region.

In this guide you will learn why the world’s leading brands choose to work with IP Horizon for all their RIPE IP address needs.

1- Creating an APNIC account 

To acquire, manage, or buy APNIC IPv4 address blocks, you must first register for an APNIC online account. APNIC has a three-step process to create an account and add users to the account:

- Registering an APNIC online account 

An account with APNIC allows you to manage different organizations, point of contact (POC) records, ASNs, and APNIC IP addresses. It is easy to register, and you can do so here.

- Create a point of contact (POC)

The personal point of contact record links directly to you and allows for the management of IP address resources and different organizations.

- Create an Organization Identifier (Org-ID)

The Org-ID is tied to your company and is linked directly to your ASN, APNIC IP addresses, and POC records. In some cases, APNIC may require a certificate of good standing to approve an Org-ID.

(1-2 weeks)

2- Buyer pre-approval

APNIC requires all clients to present a business case demonstrating why they want to purchase APNIC IP address space. They have a 48-hour SLA to respond to any of those requests. We recommend that you submit the correct information from the start to avoid any delays. Below we have provided three different approaches that will get you approved:

1- Future IP address projections

Present a business case that demonstrates the usage of at least 50% of the requested APNIC IP addresses over two years. APNIC will request quarterly projections with actual numbers and services the IP addresses will be used for.

2-Current IP address utilization

As an alternative, you can demonstrate 75% utilization of the sum of all current APNIC IP address blocks. APNIC will require a spreadsheet detailing the services the IPs are used for and the total number of IPs used.

3- Moving from carrier IPv4

In some instances, you cannot justify based on future use or current utilization. In those cases, perhaps you need different /24s for security reasons or to run BGP. Let APNIC know your specific need, and they should approve the request.

(1 - 2 Weeks)

3-  APNIC IP contract review

Once you have received APNIC pre-approval, it is time to review an APNIC IP address block, verify the blacklist report, and review and sign the purchase agreement. Our team will provide a detailed blacklist report ensuring that the IP addresses are 100% clean before your purchase.


The following information is needed to send an IPv4 purchase agreement.

  • Legal entity name

  • APNIC account ID

  • APNIC pre-approval ticket number

  • Details for the person authorized to sign

(1- week)

4- Managed IPv4 transfer

For new purchasers, the process of purchasing IP addresses may seem complicated and overwhelming. Therefore organizations put their trust in our fully managed APNIC IP address transfer service and support.


From start to finish of the two to three-week transfer period, we try to make every step of the process as transparent and seamless as possible. Let us look at the steps done in our fully managed IPv4 block transfer process:

1- APNIC IP purchase agreements (3 days) The buyer and seller sign the purchase agreements.


2- Secure payment (3 days) The buyer deposits a secure payment via escrow.com.


3- Seller submits source ticket (2 days)

- The buyers APNIC account name

- The APNIC IPv4 address block


4- Buyer Submits Recipient Ticket (2 days)

-  The sellers APNIC ID

-  The APNIC IPv4 address block


5- APNIC reviews transfer ( (1 week)

- Ensures the seller owns IPv4

- Ensures the seller’s company is still active


6- Buyer pays APNIC fees (3 days) Based on total IPs in your APNIC account. See the APNIC fee schedule.

7- APNIC approves request (3 days) APNIC approves both the seller’s and buyer’s transfer tickets

8- APNIC Whois updates (2 days) APNIC transfers the IP addresses to the buyer’s Org-ID and Whois updates.