ACSP Consultation 2016.3: Transfer Fees

Consultation Tracking Information

  • Requested By: Board of Trustees
  • Status: Closed
  • Comments Opened: Linked to Discussion Archives: 01 September 2016
  • Comments Closed: 30 September 2016
  • Suggestion Number: n/a

Consultation Description

During its recent meeting held on 23 August 2016, the ARIN Board of Trustees considered a change to the fee schedule as it pertains to both Number Resource Policy Manual (NRPM) section 8.3 and 8.4 transfers (

Currently about 25% of ARIN transfer request processing results in an unsuccessful outcome, i.e. in 1 out of 4 requests, the transfer is either abandoned or not approved. When transfer requests are unsuccessful, ARIN incurs essentially the same processing costs as it does for successful transfers.

To appropriately recover these costs, ARIN proposes collecting the present $500 Resource Transfer fee at the beginning of the transfer process as a non-refundable transfer processing fee. This fee would be only be applicable to source organizations which do not have a Registration Services Agreement (RSA) or Legacy Registration Services Agreement (LRSA) when an 8.3 or 8.4 transfer request is submitted. This fee change would replace the $500 Resource Transfer fee ( that is currently collected at the end of the transfer process for approved requests.

We are seeking community feedback on this modification to ARIN’s Fee schedule.

This consultation will remain open for (30) days, after which a summary will be provided to the Board of Trustees for their consideration.

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Discussion on will close on 30 September 2016.

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ARIN Actions

ARIN thanks those who provided feedback during this consultation. Based on the community feedback received and operational considerations of the ARIN organization, staff will be updating how fees are applied to transfers.

Beginning 1 January 2017, ARIN will collect a $300 USD, non-refundable processing fee for the following transfer requests. This fee will be invoiced to the appropriate organization’s billing Point of Contact (POC) and will be paid before request evaluation begins.

  • 8.2 Merger, Acquisition, and Reorganization transfers; billed to the requesting organization.
  • 8.3 Transfers to Specified Recipients within the ARIN region, billed to the source-side organization, with no transfer specific fee charged to the recipient-side organization.
  • 8.4 Inter-RIR Transfers to Specified Recipients, billed to either the source or recipient organization depending on which party is being serviced by ARIN. The other party will always be serviced by a separate Regional Internet Registry (RIR) in 8.4 cases.

This new transfer processing fee will replace the current $500 resource transfer fee on the existing fee schedule.

The transfer processing fee will be waived for 8.3 and 8.4 source-side transfers in cases where the subject resources to be transferred are presently under a Registration Services Plan with ARIN. Additionally, for 8.4 recipient-side transfers processed by ARIN, the transfer processing fee will be waived if the resources will be brought under an existing Registration Services Plan with ARIN.

As noted in the consultation, the collection of the transfer processing fee in advance will encourage organizations to only submit bona fide requests, and serve to reduce transfer processing fees for all legitimate requests.

In the first half of 2017, ARIN will begin to develop functionality enabling transfer-requesting organizations to designate how transfer processing fees will be paid (e.g. by another party) as raised during the consultation.

In addition, as a result of input received during the consultation, ARIN will also be researching changes to make the functionality of Specified Transfer Listing Service (for verification of the provenance of number resources for transfer) more straightforward and accessible to parties. The results of this effort will be brought forth to the community in a future consultation.