Talking Türkiye

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Talking Türkiye
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Talking Turkey
Izmir Air Base ( issuing body )
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Izmir, Turkey
425th Air Base Squadron, Izmir Air Base
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Air bases -- Turkey ( lcsh )
Periodicals -- Izmir Air Base ( lcsh )
newspaper ( sobekcm )
newspaper ( marcgt )


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serving Izmir Air Station, Turkey

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TALKING TRK YE MAY 8 2015 N EWSLETTER VOL. 9 NO. 9 Serving Izmir Air Station Trkiy e An unwelcome gift Story by Albert Stevens U.S. Customs and Agricultural Inspector Recent conversations with some of the members of the Izmir military community have shown that there may be a knowledge gap in the area of gifts. Military personnel in overseas areas have a unique opportunity to send their friends and family members in the U.S. a gift that they normally would not be able to receive making birthdays and Christmas special for the loved ones remaining in the U.S. Locally made items that are easily found in Turkey may be impossible to find in some parts of the U.S. These include some handcarved meerschaum pipes, Turki sh carpets and crafted gold and silver jewelry. These are items that make great gifts for family members. Sending them through the APO or international mail systems is allowed and encouraged. Be aware that sometimes that gift could cost the receiver money they did not expect to have to pay. This is because any foreign made gift someone in the U.S. receives from overseas is duty free only if the value is below $100.00. If a received gift is valued at over $100.00, the receiver is supposed to pay duty on the full value of the gift. The type of gift and the value will determine the duty that will be charged. Since it is the daily value of gifts received that must be under $100.00, sending several gifts that cost less than $100.00 in the same box could still end up costing the receiver money if the total value is more than $100.00. Mailing them separately on different days from here may help, or not. Due to bottlenecks in the mail system, packages mailed on separate days may arrive at the destination on the same day. Many members think that i f they buy an item from A AFES then it can be sent duty free regardless of value, which is not so. The only gift with a value over $100.00 that can be sent duty free is a gift that was made in the U.S. or can be proven to be American Goods Returned. So, y es, the $300.00 American made camera bought from the exchange can be sent duty free, but the $120.00 earrings bought from the same exchange on the same day may cost the receiver money because they were made in Turkey. The Customs Duty Rate is a percentage. This percentage is determined by the total purchased value of the article(s) paid at a foreign country and not based on factors such as quality, size, or weight. The Harmonized Tariff System provides duty rates for virtually every existing item. The Customs Border Patrol uses the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. Annotated, which is a reference manual that provides the applicable tariff rates and statistical categories for all merchandise imported into the U.S. This publication can be viewed at


Editorial Staff 425th Air Base Squadron Commander Lt. Col. John M. Thomas 425th Air Base Squadron Director of Operations Capt. David J. Bresser Host Nation Adviser Contents of Talking Trkiye are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense or the Department of the Air Force. All photographs are Air Force photographs unless otherwise indicated. The editorial staff can be reached by phone at DSN 6756694 and DSN 6756698; and by email at and at 425abs. The T alking Trkiye newsletter is published Fridays bi weekly Subm ission deadline f or articles is COB Monday before the publication date; submission by deadline does not guarantee publication. All submissions must be emailed or provided on a com puter disk in a document format. Articles are run at the discretion of the editorial staff on a spaceavailable basis and are edited to reflect Air Force style and news format. News, feature and editorial material of the newsletter conforms to the Associa ted Press Style Book and Briefing on Media Law. Action Line The Action Line is your direct link to me. I use the A ction Line to help identify and address your concerns when normal command and agency channels havent been able to resolve them. To submit an action line, e mail: or complete a form at NATO Building # 1 or the Izmir Consolidated Center entry control point. NATO and 425th Air Base Squadron me mbers enjoy the Passover Seder M eal together that was hosted by the Izmir Liberty Chapel at the I zmir Club April 9, 2015. (Photo by Lt. Col. Mel Juan ) Next year in Jerusalem! By Chaplain, Capt. Jeremy Bastian 425th Air Base Squadron Chaplains Office NATO and 425th A ir Base S quadron members were immersed in the Jewish culture by participating in a Passover Seder M eal April 9, 2015. The chapel hosted the event and S enior A irman Samantha Burleigh, 425th ABS security forces base defense operations center le d the ceremony with many of the 20 people experiencing their first Passover Seder. Izmir military community m embers experienced traditional Jewish customs and learned fascinating aspects of the Jewish culture while feasting on t raditional Jewish food cook ed by the 425th ABS club staff. Some of the authentic Jewish foods included Matzah (Unleavened B read), Potato L atkes (Potato Pancakes) and Gefilte f ish that were some of the foods offered during the evening meal. "Growing up in my family we ate Matzah, but I never knew it was so symb olical in the Jewish Seder m eal, said Maj Maurice Philogene, AFOSI DET 523 acting commander. While e njoying the Seder together, Burleigh explained how the deliverance of the Israelites from oppression gives reason to celebrate by saying, "We are able to laugh and recline while eating because we are a fr ee people." At the conclusion of the meal, as with tradition, everyone agreed, "La'shana ha'ba'a bi Ye'rushalayim ha'bnu'ya!" or "Next year in Jerusalem!" 2


Highway toll violations By Mehmet Nur 39th Air Base Wing Legal Office Attorney /Advisor According to t he amended and added provisions about highway toll violations, which was promulgated in the Official Gazette N umber 29327 April 15, 2015, t he owners of the vehicles that have passed motorways that are operated by the General Directorate without paying the tolls determined by the GD, will be subject to, in addition to the toll, an administrative fine equal to the 10 times of the toll that was not paid. New rules regarding consequences of not paying tolls/fines related with use of the motorways are as in the following: 1. Law No 6639 which was promulgated at the Offi cial Gazette Number 29327 on April 15, 2015, amended (or added new provisions) articles of various laws or decrees in effect of law. 2. Article 33 of subject law added a new paragraph (paragraph 8) to the Law on the Organization and Duties of the General Directorate of Highways No. 6001. 3. According to the amended and added provisions; a. The owners of the vehicles that have passed m otorways that are operated by the General Directorate without paying the tolls determined by the GD, will be subject to, in addition to the toll, an administrative fine equal to the 10 times of the toll that was not paid. b. Subject administrative fine has t o be paid within a month of following service of the related fine document. If not paid, related tax offices will start procedures for collection. c. The auto inspection or sale and transfer actions of the vehicles which have toll/fine debts will not be done until subject fines are collected. d. If the normal toll is paid within 15 days following the date the violation was done, the above mentioned administrative fine will not be collected. e. Whether the driver is a Turkish national or not, the fines or tolls stat ed above relating to vehicles with foreign license plates are collected by verbally notifying the driver about the toll/fine without the requirement of an official service of process f. Such foreign vehicles will not be permitted to leave the country without payment of said tolls/administrative fines. The detail rules regarding implementation of this provision will be governed at a Regulation which will be jointly prepared by the Ministry of Customs and Commerce, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transportation, Maritime and Communication, within 6 months. Provisions of international agreements are reserved. BOTTOM LINE: A. Dont try to use tolled motorways without payment of the tolls. Electronic/automatic toll stamps that are affixed to the windshield can easily be bought from Turkish banks or at the entrance of most of the tolled highways. B. If somehow, a motorway was used without payment of the toll, make the payment within 15 days of the violation, to prevent being subject to 10 times administrative fine. C. Non payment of the tolls/fines may cause preventing your car leaving Turkey. 3


MOVIE NIGHT AT THE IZMIR CLUB THIS COMING SATURDAY May 9, 2015 May 9, 2015 5.30 p.m. 8 p .m. The Woman in Black 2 The Boy Next Door (PG 13) (R ) The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death Plot Summary: 40 years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from WWII London arrive, awakening the house's darkest inhabitant. The Boy Next Door Plot Summary: A recently cheated on married woman falls for a younger man who has moved in next door, but their torrid affair soon takes a dangerous turn. 4