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I'm trying to get certain Turkish foods to run a business here in the States. NJ is one state over and they make the products, but they are a pain to deal with and we'd have to deal with the FDA and it's not me who'd have to get the paperwork done; it's NJ and they are dragging their feet. I was wondering if anybody knew of a food distributer that ships to the US that has a good reputation and won't cost an arm and a leg.
I just renewed my US passport, by mail (UPS), from Antalya. The consulates don't handle renewals any more, they just receive the applications, which all go to the US Embassy in Ankara. Here's the link for renewing your US passport by mail: US Passport Renewals in Turkey I filled out the online form (DS-82), submitted it, and printed a copy to sign and enclose with the renewal package to send to the embassy via UPS. If you also submit the form electronically, they give you priority. For payment, I had to get a certified check from Garanti Bank (and ONLY Garanti Bank). Here's what the US Embassy website says: This was kind of a pain. First I had to find the branch which issued this kind of check. After trips to three Garanti Bank branches (and convincing various bank employees that Ganranti Bank DOES issue such checks), I found the branch which issues them. Apparently this isn't something they usually do. But they did finally give me a certified check for 110 USD. I found the UPS office in Antalya on their website. It's near the airport. Thankfully, the clerk was familiar with the process and had handled several US passport applications before. So I sent off my printed application form, photos, bank check and old passport by UPS and got the tracking number. I was able to track the delivery of my package, the dispatch of my new passport from the embassy, on the UPS website by using the tracking number. After around two weeks, UPS delivered my renewed passport to my door.