Correos de Costa Rica has purchased 15 panel trucks, three all-terrain vehicles and 50 motorcycles so employees can deliver the mail. The cost was about 200 million colons or about $400,000.
The national postal service is under going a transformation to compensate for the loss of business to email and private carriers and economic problems related to the economic downturn.
Correos delivered 30,000 U.S. passports on behalf of the U.S. Embassy last year in a program similar to the secure delivery of Costa Rican passports and cédulas for foreign residents. The postal service also started a program to let customers purchase items overseas for delivery in Costa Rica, something private firms have been doing for years. Within the country the postal service said it had a 26 percent increase in package deliveries.