(QCOSTARICA) Package delivery from China will be a priority for the Correos de Costa Rica (Post Office), due to a rise of online shopping from the Asian country, especially on e-commerce sites like Wish.com.
Under its pilot plan starting on September 5, packages can be tracked on its website, Correos.cr, to verify when available for delivery or pick up. In addition, Correos has its own online shopping portal, Boxcorreos.com offering a 20% discount on fleet costs.
The Dirección General de Aduanas (Customs) says it has four centres located in Puntarenas, Paso Canos, Limon and the central facilities in Zapote (San Jose) to handle the processing of the packages, which is then sent to any of the 112 Correos branches.
Correos and Customs say they are still working out the procedures for a decentralized tax collection service.
This year, purchases made online from Costa Rica and received through Correos has grown 35% on sites like Ebay and Amazon and 600% in Asian portals, such as Aliexpress and Wish.