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Platts North Asia Lithium Assessment

  • What are Platts North Asia Lithium price assessments?
  • How do we assess Platts North Asia Lithium prices?
  • Platts North Asia Lithium Commentary
  • Platts North Asia Lithium Heards

What are Platts North Asia Lithium price assessments?

Platts Lithium Hydroxide CIF North Asia reflects physical spot market prices for min 56.5% purity battery grade lithium hydroxide. Other qualities are considered and may be normalized back to Platts base standard specifications, subject to prevailing market differentials.

Platts Lithium Carbonate CIF North Asia assessment reflects physical spot market prices for min 99.5% purity battery grade lithium carbonate. Other qualities are considered, and may be normalized back to Platts base standard specifications, subject to prevailing market differentials.

S&P Global Platts launched the weekly Lithium Carbonate CIF N. Asia & Lithium Hydroxide CIF N. Asia assessments on September 7, 2018. The assessments are timestamped to 4:30pm Singapore time and are published on Fridays.

How do we assess Platts North Asia Lithium prices?

Platts CIF North Asia China Lithium Assessments are based on market information, including, but not limited to, firm bids and offers, and trades reported to the editor each week. Platts assessments reflect responsibly sourced material, which sellers should be able to demonstrate in line with standard industry practice, upon buyers' request.

Platts collects data from market participants across the full supply chain, allowing us to produce a balanced assessment of price by engaging with suppliers, traders and consumers of all size and scale.

S&P Global Platts coverage of the lithium carbonate and hydroxide market is led by a global team across three offices: Singapore, Sao Paulo and London. These regions cover the key supply and consumption hubs for lithium carbonate.

Lithium Hydroxide Cargoes delivered to North Asia countries other than Japan and South Korea are reflected in the assessment, after normalizing to the stated basis. Freight, quality differentials for lithium hydroxide cargoes, as well as the spreads and dynamics between different regions may be considered in the normalization process.

The Lithium Carbonate CIF North Asia assessment is basis Shanghai port, China. Cargoes delivered into any North Asian ports, such as in Japan and South Korea, are reflected in the assessment, after normalizing to the stated basis port. Freight and quality differentials for lithium carbonate cargoes delivered to different north Asian ports, as well as the spreads and dynamics between different regions may be considered in the normalization process.

Platts North Asia Lithium Commentary

Strong demand combined with tight supply drove seaborne lithium chemicals prices up Jan. 18. Market participants said there was room for additional increases.


S&P Global Platts assessed lithium carbonate at $40,500/mt, up $100/mt on the day and $1,300/mt week on week. Lithium hydroxide gained $300/mt on the day and $1,800/mt on the week to $36,500/mt.

The prices reflect the spot value of battery-grade material on a CIF North Asia basis, referring to deliveries to the main ports of China, Japan and South Korea. Lithium carbonate, however, is normalized to deliveries at the Shanghai port.

Prices have been rallying since late 2020 due to strong market fundamentals. Until recently, some buyers were hopeful that prices would ease in the second half of 2022 as new capacities should start up.

However, there is increasing sentiment at the moment that this additional supply could be insufficient to deal with the surging demand.

“There must be a correction in prices, otherwise people will find other solutions, but I don’t think the correction will be this year,” said a consumer source who is looking to build up inventory from his first-quarter contract since “we expect prices will keep on rising.”

A supplier source reported selling lithium hydroxide “near $40,000/mt” for CIF North Asia shipments, and a trader indicated $45,0000/mt for prompt delivery of technical-grade lithium carbonate.

“There are offers of $40,000/mt for hydroxide, but I would say the tradable value is still a bit below that,” said another trader source. “In the case of carbonate, prices are not so much above $40,000/mt, although offers can be at $50,000/mt,” he added.

Some market participants believe the bull run might decelerate in the coming weeks as the Lunar New Year approaches and China closes for business.

The huge supply-demand imbalance, however, should keep supporting prices despite the holiday, other sources said.

Platts' $40,500/mt assessment for battery-grade lithium carbonate CIF North Asia was equivalent to Yuan 290,914/mt on a DDP China basis, including 13% value-added tax, based on Platts’ import-parity calculation.

The DDP China lithium carbonate price was assessed at Yuan 330,000/mt Jan. 18, meaning seaborne prices are well below the Chinese import parity.

The US dollar was assessed at Yuan 6.3521 at 4:30 pm Singapore time.

Platts North Asia Lithium Heards

21 Jan 2022 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Carbonate DDP China heard on Jan 21 tradable at Yuan 360000-370000/mt, Jan loading (batte

21 Jan 2022 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Carbonate DDP China heard on Jan 21 tradable at Yuan 310000-320000/mt, Jan loading (indus

21 Jan 2022 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Carbonate DDP China heard on Jan 21 traded at Yuan 370000/mt, Jan loading (battery grade)

21 Jan 2022 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Hydroxide DDP China heard on Jan 21 tradable at Yuan 290000-300000/mt, Jan loading (batte

21 Jan 2022 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Carbonate DDP China heard on Jan 21 tradable at Yuan 350000/mt, Jan loading (battery grad

21 Jan 2022 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Carbonate DDP China heard on Jan 21 tradable at Yuan 360000-370000/mt, Jan loading (batte

21 Jan 2022 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Hydroxide DDP China heard on Jan 21 indicatively offered at Yuan 280000/mt, Jan loading (

21 Jan 2022 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Hydroxide DDP China heard on Jan 21 tradable at Yuan 300,000/mt, Jan loading (battery gra

21 Jan 2022 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Carbonate DDP China heard on Jan 21 tradable at Yuan 390,000/mt, Jan loading (battery gra

21 Jan 2022 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Hydroxide CIF North Asia heard on Jan 21 tradable at $40,000-42,000/mt (battery grade): C

21 Jan 2022 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Carbonate CIF North Asia heard on Jan 21 tradable at $50,000-52,000/mt (battery grade): C

21 Jan 2022 — Platts Battery Metals: Spodumene Concentrate (6% lithium oxide) FOB Australia heard on Jan 21 tradable at $3,000-3,500/m

21 Jan 2022 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Hydroxide DDP China heard on Jan 21 tradable at Yuan 300,000/mt, Jan loading (battery gra

21 Jan 2022 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Carbonate DDP China heard on Jan 21 tradable at Yuan 360,000-390,000/mt, Jan loading (bat

21 Jan 2022 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Carbonate DDP China heard on Jan 21 traded at Yuan 360,000-370,000/mt, Jan loading (batte


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