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[rpd] New version of policy Proposal - IPv4 Inter-RIR Resource Transfers.

Fri Oct 8 20:07:44 UTC 2021

Hi Owen,


The modification of 5.7 was done to add clarity to the text. I don’t understand where you see the problem, if there was no problem about reciprocity in the previous versions.


This is the new text:

The resources to be transferred must be from an existing RIR member’s account or from a Legacy Resource Holder in the AFRINIC service region/other RIRs.


It clearly says AFRINIC/other RIRs, so what I’m missing?


Regarding 5.7.1, the M&A today is not a policy, but an internal procedure (as it happens in RIPE, for example). I don’t agree this should be an internal procedure, but that’s what we have today. My plan is to, once we have fixed this, make a proposal for that, but I think it is better to go step by step, so adding a reference will be breaking it in the future (or requiring one more change in this part of the text). It is not needed. If you look at the existing text for intra-RIR that it is in the policy manual today, there is no such reference.


5.7.5 is to make explicit something that was already there. When you attempt an intra-RIR transfer, *all* the parties are verified. This is the same in other RIRs. However, I’m also adding a “protection” to the failed transfers, because today, if AFRINIC strictly follows the intra-RIR transfer and it fails because, for example, the destination doesn’t meet the policies, then the source will lose the resources, as he clearly demonstrated that doesn't need them and that’s the reason, he is willing to transfer.


What your text for 5.7.5 is proposing seems to be a restriction of some of the RSA and CPM text. I don’t think that’s right, otherwise, each proposal or part of the CPM can actually “change” what is already written in the RSA and/or CPM and create a mess.


I’m happy to accept suggestions from anyone, as usual, but they should be reasonable and consistent.


If we want to change the CPM in other sections, let’s do it, but not make each part of the CPM modifying others or modifying the RSA.


If we want to change the RSA, I guess this can be done, but probably via membership. The RPD is fine to suggest that, but not by means of a policy proposal, right?








El 8/10/21 21:44, "Owen DeLong via RPD" <rpd at> escribió:


I oppose this version of the policy proposal.


Section 5.7 needs to be amended to allow the source of the transferred resources

to be a resource holder from any RIR, not just AFRINIC.


This may seem like a minor NIT, but as written, the policy would be outbound only

and not symmetrical (thus not reciprocal), so fixing this is important. Admittedly,

the text in 5.7 is inconsistent with the subsequent text in this regard, but

it is possible to interpret the limitations expressed in the proposed 5.7 as

overriding the expressed possibilities in the subsequent proposed sections.


I suspect that the 5.7 text is an accident on the part of the author and that

this limitation was not intended.


5.7.1 should point to the policy that does cover M&A transfers rather than simply

                state that this policy does not apply to them.


I oppose section 5.7.5 because AFRINIC has already demonstrated a propensity

to make arbitrary and capricious decisions about compliance based not on the

actual text of the contracts, bylaws, or CPM, but on their own creative

interpretations thereof.


The pre-check authorized by section 5.7.5 should be limited to deterministic

factors which can achieve a binary outcome strictly on provable facts and not

be subject to staff interpretation and judgment, as staff has already

proven on numerous occasions that it cannot be trusted to exercise good judgment

or achieve prudent or accurate determinations in such matters.



Proposed modified text:


5.7 IPv4 Transfers


This policy applies to organizations with a justified need for IPv4 resources (recipients) and organizations with IPv4 resources which no longer need (sources).

The resources to be transferred must be from an existing resource holder of a direct allocation or assignment from an IANA[1] accredited RIR or a legacy resource holder registered and recognized as the current registrant of the addresses to be transferred by the applicable IANA[1] accredited RIR.


5.7.1 — Mostly fine, just add the needed cross-reference to the M&A policy section.


5.7.5 Transfer pre-check


Where the source of a transfer is a resource member of AFRINIC, AFRINIC will perform a pre-check prior to authorizing the transfer which shall include validation of the following items:

                +             Resource member is a member in good standing

                +             Resource member is the current registrant of record for the resources being transferred

                +             Resource member’s registration of the resources is not credibly disputed by any third party

                +             Resource member’s fees are current with AFRINIC


[1] At the time of writing, this IANA function is performed by ICANN in accordance with ICP-2.




Author is, of course welcome to accept, decline, or modify these proposed edits as they see fit, but these edits, as

written, would allow me to support the proposal as written.



On Oct 4, 2021, at 10:33 AM, PDWG Chair <dacostadarwin at> wrote:


Hello PDWG Members,


We have received a new version of policy Proposal - IPv4 Inter-RIR Resource Transfers (Comprehensive Scope) - AFPUB-2019-IPv4-002-DRAFT06 from author Jordi Palet Martinez. 

The proposal contents are published at:


Please take some time to go through the proposal contents and provide your





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