Those who have postal boxes with Correos de Costa Rica have until the end of the month to renew them without penalty.
After Jan. 31, the postal service assesses a 50 percent surcharge. In March they take the box.
Nearly all businesses and many individuals have postal boxes or apartados postales because home delivery is inconsistent.
In urban areas, the postal box costs 4,800 colons a year. In rural areas, the cost is 1,800. That’s about $9.50 and about $3.56.
There are about 70,000 postal boxes in use in the country, and Correos says it has boxes available to rent.