Brazil announced on Tuesday that it will prohibit the sale of iPhones that do not come with a charging brick. This decision comes two years after Apple discontinued including charging bricks and earphones in iPhone retail boxes in order to reduce their size and carbon footprint.
The Brazilian Ministry of Justice and Public Security issued an order fining the company $2.34 million (BR$ 12.275 million). The order stated that the environmental reasons provided were insufficient, and it shifted the burden of obtaining a charger to the consumer. It suggested that the company could reduce costs by switching from the lightning port to USB-C for charging the iPhone.
The country’s telecom regulator stated earlier this year that it is considering making USB-C the default port for all smartphones.
This is not the first time a Brazilian agency has issued a fine notice to the company. Various regional watchdogs have issued monetary fines to Apple in recent years.
In response, the company told Reuters that it is collaborating with the local consumer protection agency SENACON to address their concerns.
“We have already won several court rulings in Brazil on this matter, and we are confident that our customers are aware of the various charging and connecting options for their device,” an Apple spokesperson told the publication.