Founded in 1890, Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage has successfully weathered many history-changing events including the Great Seattle Fire, WWI, the Spanish Flu of 1918, the Great Depression, WWII, the 2008 recession, and 9/11 among many other public crises. We are taking the current COVID-19 threat very seriously and will promptly adhere to any and all directives from local, state and federal government officials. Hansen Bros. has been categorized as an essential industry business (moving & relocation) within the current mandate established by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee.


As an essential industry business, we will maintain normal operations until such time as either company management determines we must close our offices or we are directed to do so by a governmental authority. We are taking extensive precautionary measures including the adoption of all CDC guidelines and the establishment of our own policies intended to minimize health risks for all customers, employees, contractors, vendors, and community stakeholders. We are proud to be able to support the needs of our customers during this crucial time but are prepared to quickly change course as required.

Stay safe together with Hansen Bros. Moving and Storage

The COVID-19 crisis is fluid and there are many uncertainties and factors outside of our control that may, with little or no advance notice, impact our delivery of moving & storage services. Please be aware the current crisis could potentially result in small inconveniences such as a delayed project start time or significant inconveniences such as the complete rescheduling of services.

Although there are many unknowns to be navigated, you can be certain that Hansen Bros. will be timely and transparent in our communications regarding servicing your moving & storage needs, and our professional relocation consultants will work diligently to offer creative solutions in the event your project is impacted by the current health crisis.

Steps Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage is Taking:

  • Company-wide Implementation of all precautionary measures recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
  • Office staff and moving crews are being monitored daily for symptoms and/or known exposure by management and asked to go home, contact their healthcare provider, and self-quarantine as directed. Staff that experience symptoms and/or aware of exposure when not at work have been directed to stay home and notify their supervisor.
  • Office staff and moving crews are receiving daily briefings on precautionary measures and have been directed to follow them on and off the job.
  • Office staff and moving crews are being instructed to maintain appropriate “social distance” of 6 feet minimum between one another, customers, and all other people.
  • Office staff and moving crews are being provided with appropriate hand sanitizer and surface disinfecting supplies. They have been directed to disinfect truck cabs and moving equipment between each move to the best of their ability. These supplies will continue to be replenished as we are able, based on availability from retailers.
  • Moving crews will be furnished with work gloves to be worn during the moving process and disinfected both during their work and between customers.
  • Moving crews will be furnished with appropriate masks (when available) to be worn during the moving process, as circumstances require.
  • Hansen Bros. is limiting visitation to our branch offices. If you wish to purchase moving boxes or supplies, please simply call in your order and we will happily deliver to your vehicle outside.
  • Hansen Bros. is offering Virtual Estimate Appointments! For more information, please visit our Virtual Estimate Appointment page or ask about this terrific option when speaking with one of our professional relocation consultants.

Steps We’re Asking Customers To Take Prior To Our Arrival At Your Residence:

  • Please notify us immediately if you or any members of your household have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms including cough, fever, or difficulty breathing.
  • Please use disinfectant/cleaner to wipe down commonly touched surfaces, objects, door handles, etc. at your residence.
  • Please make a sink, hand soap, and paper towels available to your outside salesperson and moving crew for handwashing during their time within your home.
  • Please keep residence and office windows open throughout the moving process as this allows for greater airflow and less potential containment of germs.

We are all in this together.  The team at Hansen Bros. is proud to continue offering our wide range of services in accordance with the necessary precautions outlined above. Whether you or your business will be moving down the street, across the country, or around the world, we are here to make the process seamless & safe for you just as we’ve done for well over a century.

~Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage

How to send large packages internationally

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    Regardless if you are running a business, or buying and selling collectibles as a hobby, you’re probably dealing with shipping. No matter the cause, one question is always there: “Am I doing this the right way?” The ability to send large packages internationally gives us a chance to expand our operation and access various goods. Your best option is to seek help from international shipping companies Seattle. If you have no experience with this, believe us when we say it is much harder than just slapping a few stamps on a box. However, you have shipped items before, you always want to find ways to do it efficiently and with less expense.

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    Worldwide shipping is a convenient method of delivery with many benefits

    When it comes to shipping, people worry and can be easily intimidated by the process. Will customs hold on to my item? Is the paperwork legitimate and complete? Are there any hidden fees in the process? Will the receiving side be responsible for paying any fees? The good news is, you don’t have to worry. With our help, you will be shipping packages internationally, no matter the size. All it takes is a little bit of preparation and know-how. So, keep on reading, and soon enough, worldwide shipping will be easier than ever.

    Before you send large packages internationally, know what you are shipping

    The very first step of shipping anything is knowing exactly what you are working with, especially with large packages. You must be as specific as possible when filling out the customs form since you need it for every non-document package. You need to specify exactly what you are shipping, as well as how many pieces of it, and their value. Also, you must note down the items country of origin, which may be different from the country of shipping. If you need help with these specifications, you can contact Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage for advice. All of this is important data for the customs officials because they will apply classifications based on it. Correct classification is what will ensure a smooth journey for your item, and prevent customs delays.

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    Paperwork is the most important part of a shipment, so make sure it is complete

    If, for example, you label your package as “car parts”, without enough description, it may cause problems. Customs will need more time to gather information about the item. This will cause delays and lead to higher shipping costs. In addition, we recommend checking if your package can even be shipped to the destination of your choice. If you skip this step, you risk sending out a restricted or even a banned item. This can lead to even more delays, or even worse, destruction of your item by customs. You can gain the upper hand by checking if any taxes or duties apply to your package and avoid unwanted costs.

    Make sure you have good recipient information when filling out the paperwork

    This is common sense, but it still needs to be pointed out because of how important it is. One of the best ways to reduce delays and avoid problems is to have correct and complete recipient information. This includes information such as the mailing address, postal codes, phone numbers, and an email address. Providing a phone number or an email to your chosen carrier is optional, of course.

    However, keep in mind that this information will make it easier for the carrier to locate the recipient and contact them in case there are issues. Your chosen carrier will provide you with a commercial invoice that needs to be filled out. The form may look scary, but the most important information you need to provide here is the description of the item and its cost. The customs will use this info to determine the contents and the applied taxes.

    Figure out the shipping prices, and consider the additional costs

    The total price of shipping depends on a couple of factors. In the case of sending large packages internationally, logically, the first factor is the size and weight. Bulky cargo often carries additional fees with it. You can get an accurate quote from your reliable shippers and transporters. Then there is the shipping time. In general, the faster you want your item to arrive at its destination, the more you will need to pay.

    Lastly, there are the taxes and duties that require settling before your items can be sent worldwide. If you already know what duties and taxes apply to your item, and how much they cost, your carrier may offer you a DDP service. This stands for Delivery Duties Paid, and it allows you to pay for taxes upfront. We recommend opting for this service, as this is yet another way to decrease customs delays and unwanted expenses.

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    When planning your shipping budget, think about the taxes and additional fees

    Besides the regular costs, there are some additional features that you can purchase to help with shipping. One such service is the tracking option, which may cost extra depending on your chosen carrier. We recommend getting this option, since it helps a lot, especially when you send packages internationally.

    The risk of your item being misplaced or lost is real, and good tracking allows you to react on time. You will also be alerted if there is a problem at customs, and you will be aware of the item’s location at all times. If your item is worth under 1000$, it will have valuation protection by default. If your item costs more than this, it would be good to add financial coverage to the plan. The nominal fee is roughly 3% of the value of the item.

    Finally, you are ready to send your packages worldwide

    Once you’re finished with all these steps, all you need to do is hand your item over to the carrier, and bid it farewell. You will be at ease knowing that all of the paperwork is complete and accurate and that all of the fees are covered. With our guide, you’ll be able to send large packages internationally like a professional.

    One last thing you need to do is make sure the item itself is well secured. The box needs to be intact and strong, secured with plenty of packing tape. For extra safety, there are various shipping containers to explore. Even though worldwide shipping may seem scary, with the right kind of help, it will be a piece of cake.

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