LMEpassport is the electronic certificates of analysis (CoA) and digital credentials register from the London Metal Exchange. A key component of the LME’s sustainability strategy, LMEpassport is designed to provide participants with two key services:
- a digital store for electronic CoAs of metal physically delivered into and out of the LME ecosystem, replacing the current paper-based model
- a facility for recording information related to metals’ sustainability.
What is LMEpassport?
CoAs in LMEpassport
CoAs are key quality assurance documents that must accompany all shipments of LME metals into and out of warehouses. They show the origins, purity, size and shape of a batch of metal.
LMEpassport digitises CoAs, replacing paper or PDF records which can often be damaged or lost as metal travels around the world. The digitised CoAs bring more certainty, accessibility and transparency to the process.
LMEpassport and sustainability provenance
LMEpassport offers metal brand producers the opportunity to voluntarily input other value-add information relating to sustainability. These credentials and disclosures can include information such as:
- environmental goals such as carbon emissions, biodiversity, recycling, reducing and mitigating polluting activities
- social considerations, including human rights, impact on communities, health and safety
- governance objectives, for example corporate structure, risk management and bribery and corruption controls
- and a variety of other sourcing credentials.
For more detailed information about the sustainability side of LMEpassport, please visit the dedicated web section.
Who is the system for?
Roll out of LMEpassport for physical users
LMEpassport launched on 31 August 2021, and has seen a number of additional system enhancements since then. The requirement for warehouse companies to start using the system is being rolled out gradually, starting with aluminium in October 2024, moving on to include all other applicable producers from October 2025.