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Import customer data with id


is there any option to import customers with there existing ID number, with the import tool in the UI?
when I try it, to enter a cust id in the excel file, it will be ignored by import.

Import direct in the sql DB works.
If there is no way to import the existing cust IDs with the excel sheet, is it a bad idea to import the data direct in the DB? (will it make problems in the future?)

Best regards,