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Lithium carbonate price index

This post is a summary of the lithium carbonate price developments. The price developments of lithium carbonate are expressed in US$ prices converted FX rates applicable at the time when the price was valid. Lithium carbonate price index developments are calculated from multiple separate sources of data to ensure statistical accuracy.

The outlook for lithium carbonate prices, on the second tab, is generated from different inputs including:

  • Very recent price developments of immediate cost drivers of lithium carbonate prices
  • Recent price developments of underlying feedstocks which drive the price of lithium carbonate
  • Market futures for both cost drives and feedstocks of lithium carbonate prices
  • Adjustment of current supply/demand imbalances in the lithium carbonate market
  • Longer term trends in likely demand conditions

Further information on the Lithium carbonate price index


According to :

Lithium carbonates are the world’s 1896th most traded product.

In 2020, the top exporters of Lithium carbonates were Chile ($676M), Argentina ($127M), China ($60.4M), Belgium ($31.6M), and Netherlands ($31M).

In 2020, the top importers of Lithium carbonates were South Korea ($286M), China ($230M), Japan ($144M), United States ($75.8M), and Belgium ($63.4M).


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Notes on the price-data

  • We are continually improving our data collection and processing methods and data will be updated from time to time as we improve the accuracy
  • We are working hard to upgrade the algorithm before April 1, 2023 and a further fine-tune by July 1, 2023
  • This the index trend of the price of the product group in general and not a single specification in particular
  • The data is presented in US$
  • The chart shows the price trend,  nearly always taken from many statistically-correlated sources