well, its good that you realize you have to know the market you want
I might start with contacting trade groups in the countries you're
interested in. Your state Department of Commerce probably has an
office of international trade to help you locate what you need.
I would ask myself If I could put my finger on the pulse of a
foreign market better than someone who is IN that market, an agent in
that country would be great to have. Or would it be more profitable
and a safer bet to import the goods to the US, taking advantage of
the lower costs there and higher incomes here.
I'd also really look at capital. No doubt things will not go as
first anticipated, ask any entrepreneur, I'll bet there's lots here.
You'll need plenty of contingency money.
Don't mind me being a trifle pessimistic, its a learned trait, its
helps with survival. Hope for the best, plan for the worst, have an
exit strategy. Once you're certain of your plan, go get 'em.