Lithium Price Spotlight

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Latest battery-grade lithium prices

Fastmarkets lithium compound prices

Last updated on Friday January 18

Prices are assessed weekly on Thursdays. 

Click here to see the Fastmarkets January trade log for battery-grade lithium carbonate in China including trades, bids and offers reported to Fastmarkets.

Market & price developments

  • Battery-grade lithium carbonate and hydroxide prices held on thin activity.
  • Technical and industrial grade lithium carbonate prices edged down.
  • Rest of the world spot prices sat unchanged week on week.
  • Transportation of lithium compounds to stop ahead of the Lunar New Year.
  • Click here to read the global lithium wrap for more details.

Price trends

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

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

Lithium hydroxide ex-works China
Fastmarkets lithium hydroxide ex-works China price

Lithium hydroxide cif China, Japan and Korea
Fastmarkets 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.