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

International Shipping Process

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Free Moving Estimate

    For most customers, the process of figuring out how to move household goods and furniture abroad can seem daunting. Worse yet, there are hundreds (if not thousands) of predatory, fly-by-night international freight forwarders and shippers that make reassuring promises they never deliver upon. Sharing this warning with our customers is not an underhanded scare tactic, it is an unfortunate reality that can turn an international shipping project into a nightmare. Working with established, brick and mortar international shipping companies Seattle trusts such as Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage can save hours of time, aggravation, and money in the end. 

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    Get your free international moving quote and enter the global market with us today!

    For decades, our company has provided the best international moving services worldwide. Thanks to our extensive history and experience, we have developed processes and services to ensure your international shipping process is a successful experience. Contact one of the oldest international commercial shipping companies in Washington, and we will be happy to help you.

    How to move internationally

    Depending on where you are relocating abroad, some aspects of the process will be the same and others will be different thanks to specific country rules, regulations, tariffs, and customs. Rather than having to conduct all the required research and planning on your own, count on the knowledge, expertise, and resources we’ve accumulated by successfully moving customers like yourself all over the globe.

    Initial international relocation advice

    Determining how much you want to move internationally is one of the most critical questions you need to ask before moving internationally. Once you identify the scope of your move, it will serve as the basis for determining the moving services you need. The volume of belongings to be moved is the single greatest influencer of your overseas moving cost and serves as the basis for your budgeting. Determining which belongings you will move can be a bit overwhelming and requires a step-by-step exercise, starting with a complete overview of your possessions. Following are some types of moves:

    • Complete household
    • Partial household (i.e.home office, bedroom, and kitchen)
    • Clothing and personal effects only
    • Furniture only

    You also need to consider whether you should move certain items. For example, electrical outlets for appliances vary by country and your appliances may or may not be compatible. Another example, antiques can sustain irreparable damage just from changes in temperature and humidity. If you plan to transport furniture abroad, give great consideration to the difference in living space between your home in the United States and your residential living space in your destination country.

    No matter how much you decide to bring, we offer shipping and transport options for any move size. Your belongings will be handled by our remarkable team, which has more than a century of experience in packing, loading, and ensuring our customer’s household goods are properly delivered to their destination abroad.

    How much does it cost to move abroad with one of the international shipping companies Seattle has trusted for generations?

    After determining the volume of belongings to be moved internationally, your next step is to get quotes from reputable international relocation companies. International shipping costs are based on several basic factors. These include the: type of services required at origin and destination, the volume of your shipment, the place of departure, and the final destination location.

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    Several factors determine the quotes from international commercial shipping companies

    Type of services

    Figuring out the services you need (and the services you don’t need) can be a project within itself unless you are well experienced with past international moves. You can anticipate questions such as do you need a 20-foot or 40-foot container? Do you select door-to-door or door-to-port service? Does the service include terminal handling fees? The answers to these questions are key to avoiding later drama during an already stressful time. 

    You should be aware that all cost quotes are not created equal, even if they say that they are! You need to make sure that the answers to the key questions are properly reflected in the moving quote you choose or you can end up paying hundreds of additional dollars for hidden fees if your quote did not address all of your needs and you didn’t carefully compare the various international moving quotes you received.

    For this reason, our international relocation specialists create tailor-made, transparent quotes that provide as much accurate information as possible. Start working with a professional international moving consultant as early as you can for your international move.  Getting started is easy, simply fill out our online form or give us a call.

    The volume of your move

    The cost of moving household goods abroad, whether 100 cubic feet or 1,000 cubic feet, is primarily based on volume. For example, if you are moving just one room’s worth of furniture plus clothing and personal items, you would be well served to use cost-effective services where you only pay for the required space (using lift vans or consolidation). However, if you are moving four rooms of furniture and belongings plus a vehicle to a house or apartment abroad, you would typically book a 40-foot container. We specialize in all sizes of international relocation and will help you to determine the best solution for your needs at a competitive cost!

    Our cost estimates include everything from door to door, which means that as soon as we have an accurate measurement of your goods, you will receive a price that includes inside pick-up at origin and inside delivery at your destination.

    Why is it worth choosing Hansen Bros. over the other international commercial shipping companies Seattle?

    As an experienced international transport company, we have assisted thousands of customers with their moves to locations across the globe including; Australia, Germany, the UK, and Europe to name a few. From our Seattle-based offices, we can coordinate the delivery of your items virtually anywhere.

    More reasons to move abroad with us:

    • BBB-accredited
    • International door-to-door transportation
    • Multiple options to suit your budget
    • Decades of experience
    • Thousands of satisfied customers with all types of moves

    Below you will find more information about moving household goods abroad and our company. You can also read our recommended list of moving questions.

    Moving your personal effects

    As mentioned previously, when planning for an international move, the place to start is determining the volume of belongings you will be moving to. This involves giving consideration to everything in your household including furniture, antiques, family heirlooms, electronics, appliances, vehicles, and even watercraft. Based on the inventory volume, we can assist you in choosing among the different delivery methods available. Some of the available options include; air freight, lift vans, and 20-foot or 40-foot containers.

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    Your household belongings are safe in our hands

    No matter what type of personal items you need to move, or how large the volume is, our specialists and our network of international moving partners can handle anything.

    Consolidated international relocation

    When moving abroad, many people do not have enough goods to fill an entire container. That is why we offer consolidation options allowing the sharing of containers between customers. With this approach, customers only pay for space they occupy within the container. Our experience as an international transport company allows us to offer consolidations to countries around the world to provide the greatest value for our customers.

    Individual international relocation

    As an alternative to shared containers, we offer international shipping containers intended for a single shipment. The standard container sizes are 20-foot and 40-foot, which hold 1,000 cubic feet and 2,000 cubic feet of belongings, respectively. When moving abroad as a single shipment, there are advantages including expedited transit and delivery. Even customers without enough belongings to fill an entire container may still choose to use the individual container option to leverage these advantages.

    Our reputable international shipping company is at your disposal

    Our warehouse teams are professionally trained, and the equipment we use is modern. Our attention to detail is what helps Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage differentiate itself from other international commercial shipping companies. Our team of international movers and packers uses internationally accepted standards when packing, creating inventories, and loading your belongings.

    Start your international move with Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage

    We hope that our history, expertise, and reputation inspire you to choose us over the other international shipping companies Seattle offers. To begin the process of planning for your international move. Contact us by filling out our online form, and together we can begin planning your move abroad today! The Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage team is more than ready to meet all your relocation-related needs.

    Let our team put together a comprehensive moving plan for you. Complete our simple free quote form or contact us at 1-888-300-7222.