Bilateral negotiations between the European Union and the USA have resulted in a tariff quota on beef imported into the EU, due to their dispute over beef hormones. Australian Minister for Trade Simon Crean reported that Australia has written to the EU commissioner for trade, Baroness Catherine Ashton, to ensure the new quota operates within World Trade Organization (WTO) rules so as not to harm our beef trade. Crean and Minister for Agriculture Tony Burke issued a joint statement that read: "We understand this tariff quota for high quality beef will be available to all suppliers on a non-discriminatory basis. Australia would welcome any improved trade market access that flowed from the establishment of the new tariff quota. "We are keen to ensure the tariff quota is not discriminatory in its treatment of beef exporters and provides equal opportunities for access for Australian beef exporters who are well-established suppliers of safe, high-quality beef." Australian beef exports to the EU are worth more than $136 million, which the government hopes to grow.