Access the market

Whether you are an industrial hedger, physical market trader or proprietary trader there are two ways of accessing our markets:

  • By trading as a client through an existing LME member
  • By becoming an LME member

The decision as to which route to choose will be determined by a number of factors including what level of access you require, whether your firm is trading for its own book and / or executing on behalf of clients, what your regulatory permissions are and what your capital requirements might be.

A large number of participants access our markets as clients of LME members. Non-members wishing to trade Base Metals can do so through Category 1, 2 and 4 members with each category offering different levels of services in respect of trading and clearing.

Category 1, 2 and 4 members can offer clearing services to clients; Category 4 members are not members of the LME’s clearing house, LME Clear, and will use the services of a Category 1 or 2 member to clear their trades.

For LMEprecious, non-members can access the contracts as clients through a GCM or an NCM. An NCM will use the services of a GCM to clear their trades.

Find a member

To become a member of the LME, candidates should contact Client Advisory and Membership Services in the first instance to discuss their requirements. There are various on-boarding stages, which can run concurrently, and include application completion/due diligence, connectivity and operational readiness.

There are seven categories of membership each with different capabilities:

  • Categories 1 and 2 – General clearing members who can trade for own account and on behalf of clients
  • Category 3 – Individual clearing members who can trade for own account
  • Category 4 – Non-clearing members who can trade for own account and on behalf of clients but who are not members of LME Clear and will therefore use the services of a Category 1 or 2 member to clear their trades
  • Category 5 – Entities who are involved in the physical market and or clients of Category 1, 2 or 4 members, who wish to be associated with the LME brand
  • Category 6 - Individual members
  • Category 7 – Honorary members.

Membership categories
Membership criteria and capabilities (PDF)
Become a member

To become a member of LMEprecious, candidates should contact Client Advisory & Membership Services.

There are three categories of membership for LMEprecious, each with different capabilities:

  • LMEprecious GCM - General clearing member for the LMEprecious contracts
  • LMEprecious ICM - Individual clearing member for the LMEprecious contracts
  • LMEprecious NCM - Non-clearing member for the LMEprecious contracts

Membership categories

LMEprecious Membership criteria and capabilities (PDF)

Become a member

Contact Us

For further information on becoming a member please email our Client Advisory team.

To find a member please email our Sales team.