This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
The import statement is a little bit like the path statement in operating systems. It just makes stuff available, it doesn't do anything to bring it into your program. The import statement has a negligable (zero?)performance overhead. It is not, and I repeat NOT like the include statement in C/C++, and is entirely different to the extends statement.