Re: New guitar/gear availability seems low...
NAMM is a trade show, so manufacturers use it to drum up advance orders from their dealer network and to gauge opinion on new models from consumers.
So far, so unsurprising, it's like going to a motor show and wondering why the concept cars aren't hitting the showroom floors three months later.
CITES really is a non-issue, it's just an additional administrative overhead for large manufacturers or distributors. As long as the paperwork is in order it's a minor inconvenience.