incremental load

I want to do an incremental load to table LookupTable from table ImportTable.
I am doing it as follows:

Insert into LookupTable 
Select distinct A.AID, A.BID, A.CID
From ImportTable I
left outer Join LookupTable A on A.AID = I.AID
where 1=1
and A.AID is null
and I.BID <> ''

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Is this the best way for performance?
Please suggest if there is a better way to do this.

Thanks.
patd1Asked:
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Scott PletcherSenior DBACommented:
Insert into LookupTable
Select distinct I.AID, I.BID, I.CID
From ImportTable I
left outer Join LookupTable A on A.AID = I.AID
where 1=1
and A.AID is null
and I.BID > ''
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patd1Author Commented:
Thanks Scott. I had a typo in my first line of code.
Does it make any difference in performance or otherwise if I use merge or Intersect/except clauses instead of left outer join?

Insert into LookupTable 
Select distinct I.AID, I.BID, I.CID
From ImportTable I
left outer Join LookupTable A on A.AID = I.AID
where 1=1
and A.AID is null
and I.BID > ''

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Thanks.
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Scott PletcherSenior DBACommented:
Usually not.  SQL will often generate the same plan anyway.  But, you could test that without even running the code.  Look at the query plan for the code above and the query plan for the EXCEPT version and see if they match :-).
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