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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

Seaborne lithium prices continued rise on Jan. 11 as persistent market tightness led sellers to increase their offer levels further.


S&P Global Platts assessed lithium carbonate at $39,200/mt Jan. 11, up $200/mt from Jan. 10 and $5,100/mt Jan. 5. Lithium hydroxide prices were assessed at $34,700/mt, up $200 from Jan. 10 and $2,700/mt from Jan. 5.

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.

Offer levels were heard as high as $55,000/mt CIF North Asia basis. However, no concluded spot transactions have been reported outside the Chinese domestic market in the past two weeks, reducing visibility on where the tradable value is and how it compares with soring offer prices.

Two buyers pegged the tradable value at the same $38,000-$40,000/mt CIF level for lithium carbonate and $35,000/mt for hydroxide. “Business is still very slow because the year has just started,” said one of them, who still had not searched for supply in 2022.

However, “there is not enough supply and this will not change this year,” which should keep supporting prices, he added.

“I just cannot see how supply can keep up with projected demand for this year,” agreed a trader source, who was offering technical-grade lithium carbonate at $47,500/mt CIF North Asia.

Several market participants expect demand to keep increasing faster than supply throughout the year. Supply issues could be softer in the second half as some new projects and expansions are expected to start up, but many sources believe 2022’s final balance will be a deficit.

“There will be a few new projects starting in the second half, so maybe we will see prices stabilizing a bit [by that time],” said a seller source, who heard about concluded transactions at $39,000/mt for technical-grade lithium carbonate and $36,000/mt for battery-grade lithium hydroxide.

“The hydroxide [seaborne] price is kind of equivalent to China’s domestic, but carbonate is still not,” the source added.

Platts $39,200/mt assessment for battery grade lithium carbonate CIF North Asia was equivalent to Yuan 282,305/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 303,000/mt on Jan. 11, meaning seaborne prices are well below the Chinese import parity. The dollar was assessed at Yuan 6.3684 at 4:30 pm Singapore time.

Platts North Asia Lithium Heards

17 янв 2022 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Carbonate CIF North Asia heard on Jan 17 tradable slightly above $40,000/mt (battery grad

17 янв 2022 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Hydroxide CIF North Asia heard on Jan 17 tradable at slightly below $40,000/mt (battery g

17 янв 2022 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Hydroxide CIF North Asia heard on Jan 17 traded close to $40,000/mt (battery grade): Inte

17 янв 2022 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Carbonate DDP China heard on Jan 17 tradable at Yuan 350000-360000/mt, Jan loading (batte

17 янв 2022 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Hydroxide DDP China heard on Jan 17 indicatively offered at Yuan 280000/mt, Jan loading (

17 янв 2022 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Hydroxide DDP China heard on Jan 17 tradable at Yuan 250000-280000/mt, Jan loading (batte

17 янв 2022 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Carbonate DDP China heard on Jan 17 tradable at Yuan 300000/mt, Jan loading (industrial g

17 янв 2022 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Carbonate DDP China heard on Jan 17 traded at Yuan 350000/mt, Jan loading (battery grade)

17 янв 2022 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Carbonate DDP China heard on Jan 17 tradable at Yuan 360000/mt, Jan loading (battery grad

17 янв 2022 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Carbonate DDP China heard on Jan 17 tradable at Yuan 360,000-370,000/mt, Jan loading (bat

17 янв 2022 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Carbonate DDP China heard on Jan 17 tradable at Yuan 330,000-335,000/mt, Jan loading (ind

17 янв 2022 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Carbonate DDP China heard on Jan 17 traded at Yuan 353,000/mt, Jan loading (industrial gr

17 янв 2022 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Carbonate DDP China heard on Jan 17 traded at Yuan 365,000/mt, Jan loading (battery grade

14 янв 2022 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Hydroxide DDP China heard on Jan 14 offered at Yuan 300000/mt, Jan loading (battery grade

14 янв 2022 — Platts Battery Metals: Lithium Carbonate DDP China heard on Jan 14 tradable at Yuan 330000/mt, Jan loading (battery grad


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