China’s lithium exports surge, imports fall in Q1

By Martim Facada, Carrie Shi
Published: Monday, 13 May 2019

China’s exports of lithium carbonate and hydroxide were up in the first quarter year on year due to more competitive prices offered from China compared with the rest of the world, while imports were down on an annual basis on a supply surplus within the country.

China exported 4,810 tonnes of lithium carbonate in the first quarter of 2019, up 432% from 904 tonnes in the corresponding months of 2018 due to increasing demand from abroad and falling Chinese prices, according to official Chinese data.

The export value of lithium carbonate was up 233.95% to...

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