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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

Lithium chemicals prices moved up further Dec. 1, supported by persistent tight supply, which has resulted in surging offer levels.


S&P Global Platts assessed lithium carbonate at $30,100/mt Dec. 1, up $2,300/mt from Nov. 24, and hydroxide up $1,200/mt at $29,800/mt. Both prices are at record highs since the launch of the assessments in 2018.

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.

Sellers have been consistently pushing with higher offers due to the tight supply and surging cost of raw materials, such as spodumene concentrate and technical-grade lithium carbonate.

A supplier source, who was offering battery grade lithium hydroxide at $32,300/mt on a CIF North Asia basis, expected the price to increase again next week, “probably by some $300/mt.” The source expected the price to be about $1,000/mt higher by the end of December and to remain supported “at least through the second quarter of 2022.”

Another seller source offered technical-grade lithium carbonate as high as $32,000/mt but did not conclude any transaction at this level so far.

Although some buyers were still resisting higher offers, the surge should be inevitable given the imbalance between supply and demand, sources said. No significant supply additions were expected at least until the second half of 2022, which means the bull run could persist until that point, sources said.

In the short term, demand has been surprising on the upside during this quarter, which could also lead to further price hikes before the year ends.

The Platts $30,100/mt assessment for battery-grade lithium carbonate CIF North Asia was equivalent to Yuan 216,849/mt on a DDP China basis, including 13% value-added tax, based on the Platts import-parity calculation. The DDP China lithium carbonate price was assessed at Yuan 205,500/mt Dec. 1, meaning seaborne prices are now above the Chinese import parity. The dollar was assessed at Yuan 6.3693 at 4:30 pm Singapore time.

Platts North Asia Lithium Heards

06 dez 2021 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Carbonate DDP China heard on Dec 6 traded at Yuan 210000/mt, 1-3 trucks, Dec delivery loa

06 dez 2021 — Platts Battery Metals: Spodumene Concentrate CIF China heard on Dec 6 offered at $2310/mt, Dec delivery loading: Chinese

06 dez 2021 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Hydroxide DDP China heard on Dec 6 tradable at Yuan 195000/mt, Dec delivery loading (batt

06 dez 2021 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Carbonate DDP China heard on Dec 6 tradable at Yuan 205000-210000/mt, Dec delivery loadin

03 dez 2021 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Carbonate DDP China heard on Dec 3 tradable at Yuan 210,000-215,000/mt, Dec delivery load

03 dez 2021 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Carbonate DDP China heard on Dec 3 offered at Yuan 205,000/mt, Dec delivery loading (batt

03 dez 2021 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Carbonate DDP China heard on Dec 3 traded at Yuan 210,000-220,000/mt, Dec delivery loadin

03 dez 2021 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Carbonate DDP China heard on Dec 3 traded at Yuan 225,000/mt, Dec delivery loading (batte

03 dez 2021 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Carbonate DDP China heard on Dec 3 traded at Yuan 230,000/mt, Dec delivery loading (batte

03 dez 2021 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Hydroxide DDP China heard on Dec 3 tradable at Yuan 190,000/mt, Dec delivery loading (bat

03 dez 2021 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Carbonate DDP China heard on Dec 3 offered at Yuan 200,000/mt, Dec delivery loading (indu

03 dez 2021 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Carbonate DDP China heard on Dec 3 offered at Yuan 220,000-230,000/mt, Dec delivery loadi

03 dez 2021 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Carbonate DDP China heard on Dec 3 traded at Yuan 225,000/mt, Dec delivery loading (batte

02 dez 2021 — Platts Battery Metals: Spodumene Concentrate (6% lithium oxide) FOB Australia heard on Dec 3 traded at $1900-2000/mt, Q1

02 dez 2021 — Platts Battery Metals: Spodumene Concentrate (6% lithium oxide) FOB Australia heard on Dec 3 offered at $2,500-2,600/mt:


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