Lithium Price Spotlight


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Latest battery-grade lithium prices

Last updated on Friday December 14


Prices are assessed weekly on Thursdays. 

See the Fastmarkets December trade log for battery-grade lithium carbonate in China including trades, bids and offers reported to Fastmarkets.

Market & price developments
  • Lithium carbonate prices moved slightly up due to lower availability near the end of the year.
  • Lithium hydroxide prices dropped on slow demand and lower offers from producers who are destocking for year-end.
  • Chinese technical and industrial grade carbonate prices were unchanged.
  • Rest-of-world battery-grade prices were stable.
    Read the global lithium wrap for more details.
Price trends

Lithium carbonate ex-works domestic China
lithium carbonate ex-works China

Lithium carbonate cif China, Japan and Korea
lithium carbonate cif China, Japan, Korea

Lithium hydroxide ex-works China
lithium hydroxide ex-works China

Lithium hydroxide cif China, Japan and Korea
lithium hydroxide cif China, Japan, Korea

  

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Why have we chosen these prices? 
 
We have observed the highest liquidity in the Asian battery hub of China, Japan and Korea, where huge demand is driving price direction. Our teams in this region are extremely well positioned to capture and assess this evolving market, which is reflected in the four prices we have selected.   
 
We believe these four prices reflect the spot market liquidity in this region and will provide reliable benchmarks for the entire supply chain.
  
How we price lithium 

As a leading provider of trusted pricing intelligence and benchmarks to the metal and mining industry, our prices are relied upon globally to bring transparency to many markets.   
 
Our strict IOSCO-compliant methodology provides the most reflective prices and insights into the lithium market. These processes do not incorporate the use of trade data, which ensures that the price you see is the most up to date.    
  
We engage with all sides of the market in order to provide independent, robust prices on which you and all other market participants can rely.