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.

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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

Unexpected shipping costs to look out for

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    Global shipping can be very demanding but also profitable. If you want to maximize your profit, you have to know how to manage your expenses. Still, international import/export is a very complicated business with many different laws and procedures that regulate it. And staying on top of everything requires a lot of knowledge and experience. Unfortunately, sometimes even a great understanding of international laws can’t help you. Because, in addition to being complicated, worldwide transport can be unpredictable as well. In this article, Hansen Bros Moving & Storage what are the unexpected shipping costs to look out for. Take a look and learn how to make the most out of your business.

    Hiring a good shipper is the best way to avoid unexpected shipping costs

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    Shipping is a complex process. Hire a good shipping company to handle it.

    Before you start looking at surprising freight costs, you should learn what are the best ways to avoid them altogether. International import/export is a very complicated and heavily regulated industry. The logistic part of the process is often highly complex. Laws and regulations are numerous and often difficult to follow if you do not work within the industry.

    International commercial shipping companies are responsible for the logistics part, so your main task is to find a good company that will handle the process. That is probably the best way to avoid any unexpected shipping costs. And when you do find a good shipping company, nurture that contact. Long term relationships in this business are often crucial in avoiding unnecessary costs.

    Handling paperwork on your own can often incur additional costs

    When it comes to dealing with laws, regulations, and paperwork, many businesses, in order to lower their expenses, handle that part on their own. And if you are not employing the best shipping companies Seattle to run your paperwork and pay attention to different laws, foreseeing every possible obstacle can be very difficult. Hopefully, this article will show you the most common situations that can unexpectedly pull money out of your pocket.

    Hire a professional freight forwarder to avoid import violations

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    Import violations are the easiest way to pile up your costs

    Import violations are the most common way to increase your shipping costs unexpectedly. As we already mentioned, international laws and regulations are complicated. And when you count in the fact that every country has different rules and procedures that alter often and usually without any notice, you quickly realize how easy it is to make a mistake. If you are handling this part, or you have employees without too much experience in the matter, the best way to avoid this is to hire professional freight forwarders.

    Falling under a customs examination can lead to numerous expenses

    Naturally, there are many unavoidable situations where you need a bit of luck to ship past them. The most common situation is the customs examination. How does it work? Customs control picks out random shipments for examination on a regular basis. So, if you are doing import/export regularly you are bound to be picked for examination sooner or later.

    Unfortunately, a customs exam won’t do you any good and can only bring trouble and pile up your costs additionally. First, you will have to pay for the customs exam fee, of course, which is the least of your concerns. You can probably expect that your shipment will be delayed. That is going to cost you as well. And, as you can expect, despite the best preparation, dealing with customs can often result in some unexpected violations and associated penalties.

    Apply proper packaging to avoid damage to your items

    Global logistics is a very complicated process. So it is not unusual that cargo gets damaged during the process. Luckily, this is something that you can predict and avoid. Of course, we are talking about the packaging. Proper packaging is the best way to avoid damage to your items.

    Naturally, the type of packaging you will apply depends on the type of your merchandise and the way that it is being transported.  If you are transporting pallets with stacked up goods, wrap them tightly, and apply plastic straps to hold them together. On the other hand, if you are transporting individual items make sure that you put them in the best shipping crates Seattle has. This is the best protection that you can apply to your cargo, regardless of whether you are transporting it by truck, in a shipping container, or via air.

    A lost shipment is another common situation that you cannot willingly avoid

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    Shipping is an extensive and complex process, where lost shipments are a common occurrence.

    Losing track of a shipment is another situation that you cannot predict or willingly avoid. Unfortunately, it is something that happens more than it should. So, it is quite common to end up with lost items during the shipping process. This often happens with conjoined shipments where your carrier has to make multiple stops along the way and deal with various consignments. In addition to the obvious loss of cargo, which is the main expense in this situation, the delay in this situation will only add up to your costs.

    Pay attention to international holiday calendars

    Surprisingly, a small thing like holidays can often be a reason for unexpected freighting costs. When dealing with multiple countries around the world it is very difficult to catch up with all the national holidays that threaten to stall your business and cause delay-related costs. Of course, delays caused by holidays are avoidable. You just have to make a list of non-working days in your partner countries and to check it before every shipment.

    Many of these situations are easily avoidable

    As you can see, many unexpected shipping costs can lower your earnings. Fortunately, most of them are pretty easy to avoid. And when it comes to those that are harder to predict, the experience is probably the only thing that can help.

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