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LME fees are set annually by the Exchange and agreed by its Board. All fees are standard across membership category or service and apply only to LME members and users of LME systems. Fees charged by LME members to clients are subject to normal commercial negotiation.

These fees are effective from 1 January 2017.

The settlement of LME contracts is facilitated through the exchange of warrants using LMEsword. The following fees and charges apply to transactions on LMEsword by member firms.

LMEsword depository charges (per warrant)

Fees (USD)

Lodgement of LMEsword warrants


Withdrawal of LMEsword warrants


Safekeeping LMEsword warrants in depository (per calendar day)


Ex-cleared transfers 7


LMEsword fees are invoiced monthly.

7Ex-cleared transfers relating to warrants pledged and withdrawn to/from LME Clear as collateral will be capped at $3,000 per year per member account commencing 1 January 2017. This cap will apply for 2017 and will be reviewed on an annual basis thereafter.

LMEsword fees for non-member account holdersFees (USD)

Annual Fees


Administration fees Non-member account holder 8,200
Non-member remote participant account holder  4,100

A complete listing of fees and levies is available. Fees and levies may be subject to VAT and other applicable taxes. For more information please contact us to discuss your enquiry.