Couriers from U.S. to Costa Rica Booming Again

Internet shopping, which had declined after the decision of the Ministry of Finance to charge tariffs on these operations, has regained momentum and grew again by 10%.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

An article in reports that "A little less than a year ago, confusion reigned over internet purchases. When "Black Friday " drew near in November 2011, the Ministry of Finance announced that all purchases made using this method and from abroad, would incur tariffs.

Based on current legislation, people were used to exonerating one article every semester, valued at $500 or less, but the agency said that this benefit does not apply to online purchases. The change was in the Treasury’s interpretation, which indicated that only packets sent by an individual (a relative or friend) could be exonerated.

The main operators in the market, Aerocasillas and JetBox, have announced that their sales projections for the end of 2011 show at least a 10% increase compared to the previous year.

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