How to Import CNC Router Machine into Canada from China?

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OMNI Woodworking CNC Router in Canada

OMNI is with woodworking cnc router design & building experience over 10 years in China. We exported lots of cnc machines to Canada every year. Below are main 2 models cnc routers, which be used widely by clients in Canada.

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ENTRY LEVEL CNC Router for Sale Canada US$6000+

3KW Watercooling Spindle
15m- 40m Max. Travelling Speed
Handheld Controller
Available in 4′ x 4′, 4′ x 8′, 5′ x 10′ Table Size

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INDUSTRIAL ATC CNC Router Canada Price US$14,000+

9KW HSD aircooling spindle
Servo & Auto Tool Changer
Syntec Controller
Available in 4′ x 8′, 5′ x 10′, 7′ x 10′ Table Size

OMNI have many cnc router clients in Canada. They purchased omni affordable cnc router in Canada. Here we list some case studies. Hope below cases can help you to find a solution for your woodworking automation.

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Woodworking CNC Router in Canada

Case Study



Affordable CNC Router in Canada Dwyer Woodwork

Ontario, Canada

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Dan Dwyer is an Owner and trained craftsman He has been a passionate creator on designing and building fine cabinetry and furniture. Dans knowledge of various materials allows very unique projects and designs.


In 2020.9, Dan sent an email to OMNI, ” I am looking for a Cnc router for woodworking  for cutting cabinet parts, 4’x8’ with auto tool changer. What option do you recommend? I’m located in Ontario, Canada.”

After discussed for several month, in March, 2021, Dan decided go for

  • 4′ * 8′ cnc router table,
  • upgrade to the HSD spindle with HSK63
  • Syntec Controller
  • Yaskawa Servo Motor & Driver
  • linear guide auto tool changer
  • 5+4 vertical drilling Block
  • 2pcs of Becker KVT3.140 pump

Keeping informing the production progress and after the machine is ready, Allen from OMNI sent the final machine images and testing videos.

After get approval from Dan, Allen move to next step of order: Shipping. At that time, all shipping goods suffering the freight crazy raising. Allen assist Dan to look for new destination port, comparing the shipping charge and finally get a faverable price and get machine shipped.

Below is the machine working video, taken by Dan at his workshop.

The CNC is working very well, I have an employee trained to run it and he is doing a good job, boring head works well.

I have used the Cnc to make over 20 kitchens now and it has worked very well.


4×8 CNC Router Canada TTL Makerspace (The Toronto Tool Library and Makerspace)

Toronto, Canada

TTL Makerspace is a place to learn, access resources and workspace, and grow as a creator. They provide a workshop, online resources, and a rich community of creators who are very willing to help you achieve your dreams. From the traditional skills, right up to high-tech, there is something for every maker.

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TTL Makerspace using OMNI entry level cnc router to create shield topper. This piece designed by Marc is a topper for a transparent shield, used to protect customers during the current global problem that is affecting many businesses, including friendly family businesses here in Toronto.

The OMNI 1325 is a serious CNC tool, capable of milling full-sized 4′ x 8′ sheets, but precise enough for delicate jewelry.



Industry: Architectural Wood Carvings
Site: Ontario
Product Purchased: CNC Router Combined Rotary Device
Year Purchased: 2013

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TRUE NORTH CARVING is GTA based CNC Mill work facility, specializes in Creating Architectural Wood Carvings such as Newel Posts, Custom Pickets, Corbels, Kitchen Island And Contract Mill Work Services.

Owner Wilson Nadar, his workshop is equipped with state of the OMNI CNC equipment and Use CAD/CAM to 3D design, and program. They are capable of 3D designing and duplicating any parts using Sample or picture as reference.

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Wilson Nadar

I bought 2 OMNI machines since 2013, First machine with 2 spindles, and second machine also is multi head cnc router, with 4 spindles
All my product are made by omni my business living on their machines. Using the first machine to make posts and made huge money.
Using the second machine with 4 spindle I make around 15000$ every month to be honest.
I will buy more machines in future.


SteamLab MAKER SPACE (Hobby CNC Router Canada)

steamlabs is a not for profit education-innovation organization creating science and technology literacy and access in science centres, schools, libraries and maker spaces through exploration and creativity.

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Matt Guthrie is working on a whole bunch of wooden planter box for the Centre for Social Innovation thanks to our handy little CNC. Just another project in progress in the works at STEAMLabs!

We will share more user projects from Canada.

Welcome to share with us if you are omni cnc machine user from Canada.

Let us know your requrements details of cnc router, or what current problem you have in your woodworking, or if you would like make a visit of omni cnc router in Canada.



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    CNC router machine made in China is more faverable on the price and affordable on the quality. Then you may thought of shipping. How to solve the problem of transportation?

    Continue read below content to deal with the transoration part.

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    How to Import CNC Machine to Canada from China?

    Canada Imports from China of Electrical, electronic equipment was US$16.59 Billion during 2021, according to the United Nations COMTRADE database on international trade.

    You may do not have experience about importing machine from China. But do not worry. Here we will explain the whole process details to assist you handle it by several steps.


    What is the cost of importing cnc machine from China to Canada?

    Importing cost mainly have 3 parts:

    Goods cost

    Goods cost is very easy to understand. The machine price is the goods cost.

    Fright charge ( including transportation)

    Freight charge is the cost shipping from China to Your country. You also need to arrange the transportation from your sea port to your door. So the transportation charge should be included.

    Duty charge

    After the machine arrive your sea port. It can be released after you pay the customs duty and GST. The charge may includs the free related with warehouse and goods handling at your sea port.

    Will It at higher cost comparing the machine price selling in Canada?

    According to some of our clients, the total cost ( including freight and duty), is around 30%-60% of machine price selling in Canada.


    The customs duty for cnc router, laser and water jet cutting machine to Canada from China is 0.


    STEP 1

    Preparing to Import

    1. Obtain a Business Number

    Before importing machine into Canada, you will need to obtain a Business Number (BN) issued by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for an import/export account. This import/export account is free of charge and can usually be obtained in a matter of minutes.
    To register for a BN or add an import/export RM account identifier to an existing BN:
    • Call the CRA’s Business Window at 1-800-959-5525
    • Visit the CRA’s Business Registration Online (BRO)

    2. Determine if you will use the services of a licensed customs broker

    Generally you have to go either through a Broker or Freight-forwarder in order to clear customs.
    Large machinery usually ends up in a freight Co. bonded warehouse or the CBSA warehouse to await clearance.
    If the port of entry is Vancouver for e.g. you may have to contact a bonded carrier to pick it up and deliver to its local bonded warehouse.

    Consult the CBSA’s licensed customs broker list should you wish to use the services of a broker.

    3. Confirming HS Code With Supplier

    Canada, the United States, China use the Harmonized System (HS) as the basis of their classifications systems.

    CNC Router HS Code: 84649090

    Laser Cutting Machine HS Code: 84561000

    Water Jet Cutting Machine HS Code: 8456500000

    STEP 2

    Calculate the Customs Tariff / Duty & Taxes Need to Pay

    The customs duty for cnc router, laser and water jet to Canada from China is 0.

    Take the value in the currency indicated on the invoice. Convert the value into Canadian dollars using the exchange rate.

    19th Sep 2022 exchange rate is US$ 1= CAN $ 1.33. Suppose the machine price is US$100.

    So US$100 x 1.33 = CAN$133 (value for duty)
    $133.00 (value for duty) x 0% (customs duty rate) = $0 (customs duty)
    $133.00 (value for duty) + $0 (customs duty) = $133 (value for tax)
    $133 x 5% (GST) = $6.65 (GST)

    $133 x 15% (HST) = $19.95 (HST) (Some provinces HST rate is different, please calculate according to your specific province rate)
    So you can calculate the duty and taxes you gonna pay.

    The table below outlines the GST/HST and provincial/territorial sales tax rates for each province and territory as of January 1, 2022.

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    Canada GST HST

    STEP 3

    Shipping and Reporting the Machine

    1. Place order to OMNI and select shipping method

    Usually for large machine, we suggest ocean freight because it is the most favarable shipping way for large size goods.

    Ocean Freight FCL

    FCL, or full container load, means your goods fill an entire container, either 20’ or 40’ long. If you buy several pcs of machines at one time, it will save time and money by shipping FCL. Pricing for FCL is done as a flat rate, regardless of whether or not your container is completely full.

    Ocean Freight LCL

    LCL, or less than a container load, means your goods do not fill an entire container. Note that when you ship LCL, your goods will need to be consolidated at the origin port and deconsolidated at the destination port.
    That’s why LCL shipping takes a few days longer than FCL.

    You can contact OMNI sales engineer always to choose a faverable shipping way after calculate the machine size and freight.

    Here is some tips for cutting down the freight cost;

    • Book in advance
    • Ship off-peak
    • Compare quotes from different providers
    2. Import Documents & Customs Clearance Preparation

    The freight forwarder will coordinate with OMNI prepare all of the necessary import documents, then with customs authorities to get these documents submitted and approved.

    Necessary documents when importing from China to Canada include:

    • Commercial Invoice
    • Packing List
    • Bill of Lading
    • Your Import/export license
    3. How Long Will It Take to Import From China to Canada?

    • Sea freight from China to Canada takes 29-33 days, which is the cheapest way if you can wait.
    • Transit times aren’t always the same. Depending on market conditions, acts of nature, and other occurrences, freight shipments may be delayed.

    STEP 4

    Getting Your Machine Released & Arrange Transportation To Your Door

    You may hire a licensed customs broker to do so on your behalf. And this broker may also could arrange the truck to delivery machine to your door. All you need is get forklift to move the machine to your floor from the truck.

    Then you get the machine ready to work and make more money.


    Do not worry if not familiar with the shipping part, OMNI could arrange the shipment for you and even could arrange the machine arrive at your door.

    Contact us today.


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