If the Registrar or Reseller is already accredited and has an account with domains on any of the supported registries listed, that service can still be accessed and the domains can be managed directly through Gateway using Passthrough for a small per transaction fee. Setup costs for Passthrough are free.
The major benefit of Passthrough is a single endpoint for a domain portfolio in terms of codebase and administration.
There are currently a few ZACR, Verisign, Donuts and Registry Africa accredited Registrars making use of Passthrough on Gateway including ICANN Accredited Registrars.
You provide your ZACR, Verisign or Donuts, etc, credentials and the DNS Team will link your Gateway profile. The domains will then be synchronised between the remote registry and Gateway. You can then manage these domains online with Web-Rar in the Gateway Portal, WHMCS module, JSON Api or EPP xml using your Gateway account.
There is a Passthrough fee ($0.25) for any transaction taking place through Gateway. It is important to note that you will be billed separately for any Passthrough transactions in Gateway.
For example, if you renew or create a domain for one year, for e.g. domain.africa, with your Gateway Account, you will be billed as follows:
Should a multi-year create or renewal transaction take place then you will be billed for a Passthrough Fee multiplied by the number of years in the multi-year transaction. For example, a 5 year create will be billed 5 x Gateway passthrough fee + 5 x Registry Fee.
For Passthrough to work seamlessly you will need to maintain at least two or more balances. Balances with each Registry you are currently integrated with and the balance for your Gateway Account.
You will continue receiving your billing invoices and statements from each Registry independently. These transactions are typical domain transactions like creates, renewals, transfers, redemptions, etc. If your balance is insufficient at a Registry, no transactions will be possible via Gateway for any domains with that Registry.
Billing invoices and statements will be available in your Gateway Account for all Passthrough transactions as well as domain transactions for any ccTLDs and gTLDs not integrated with.