For Colombia, free trade has delivered on many promises. Consumers in the country now have access to a much greater variety of goods and merchandise. But some groups, especially farmers, are struggling to survive amid a flood of cheap imports.
The Latin American nation and close U.S. ally has been rocked by huge protests this month and last, with farmers using roadblocks to thwart the transport of goods into cities and truck drivers refusing to climb behind the wheel.
Farmers railed against high costs for fertilizer and low-priced food imports, while truck drivers were enraged by expensive fuel.
Not all those price fluctuations came as a result of free trade agreements. But Colombia's pacts with the U.S. and Europe have failed to improve things in some domestic sectors and appear to have worsened them in others. Colombia entered a free trade agreement with the U.S. more than a year ago and signed a similar agreement with the European Union this summer.